Healthy diets from sustainable food systems
Sustainable healthy diets are better for us and our planet. However, today’s food systems are failing to deliver them. Over 3 billion people don’t have access to healthy diets, and furthermore, climate change is influencing how, where, how much food is produced and even the nutrient content of what we eat. This is increasing nutrition and food security vulnerabilities, thereby jeopardizing the health and well-being of many people around the world. On the other hand, current dietary patterns and food production practices are unsustainable and contributing to adverse environmental impacts.
undermining the potential of aquatic foods to nourish people with a lower carbon footprint than other food sources
of global caloric intake
This makes it more important than ever to intervene from multiple angles! And UN-Nutrition is uniquely positioned to mobilize climate-smart nutrition action from different parts of the UN System.
Today’s cost-of-living crisis and triple planetary crisis have created a perfect storm and give impetus to food systems transformation. The co-benefits of healthy diets from sustainable food systems are clear. With that in mind, UN-Nutrition has made it a priority to raise awareness about nutrition-environment win-wins as well as to advocate and support countries in joint action on nutrition, health and environmental policy.
Healthy Diets Coalition
UN-Nutrition is part of the Coalition for action on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems for children and all (HDSFS), launched in May 2022. Today, the HDSFS coalition has around 30 members, including several frontrunner countries.
Both UN-Nutrition Member Agencies and the Secretariat are actively involved, contributing to HDSFS newsletters, webinars/events, as well as the development of principles of engagement and annual workplans that set out the coalition’s strategic directions.
The coalition’s secretariat consists of dedicated FAO and WHO staff and is supported by the UN-Nutrition Secretariat. These institutional arrangements are helping to ensure follow-up action, stemming from the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021 in pursuit of nutrition and environmental goals.