For tackling climate, environmental, nutrition and health challenges, we shall all meet at the table – COP26 side event

Tuesday, 9th November 2021 | 11:15am – 12:15pm (GMT)
Hybrid event: WHO Health Pavilion + Zoom
COP26, Glasgow

The co-benefits of low emission healthy diets from sustainable food systems are clear and there are several opportunities for joint action on nutrition, health, and climate policy. Examples include increasing the consumption of aquatic foods from sustainable systems, introducing sustainability considerations in national food-based dietary guidelines, the integration of food consumption and nutrition considerations into climate adaptation and mitigation planning and financing, and many more.

In the context of COP26 (31 October – 12 November, Glasgow), UN Nutrition members WHO and WFP and the Government of Switzerland, are organizing the hybrid event For tackling climate, environmental, nutrition and health challenges, we shall all meet at the tableto raise awareness among negotiators on the crucial linkages between nutrition, health, food systems, and climate change and the OneHealth approach to tackle them.

The event took place at the WHO Health Pavilion from 11:15 to 12:15 GMT on Tuesday, 9th November, also engaging speakers and participants virtually via Zoom. 


  • Welcome and opening remarks – Ms. Stineke Oenema, Executive Secretary, UN Nutrition
  • Keynote address – Prof. Jessica Fanzo, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Panel of changemakers on the ground
    • Ms. Karla Mena Soto, Agricultural Extension and Climate Negotiator, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Costa Rica

    • Mr. Patrick Mink, Senior Policy Officer, Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG, Switzerland

    • Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, Advisor to the Minister of Health, Guyana

    • Mr. Lavetanalagi Seru, Youth Activist, ACT4FOOD and Pacific Islands Climate Action Network
  • Moderated discussion
  • Final call for action – H.R.H. Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan and WFP Special Advisor on Maternal and Child Nutrition
  • Closing remarks by the moderator

Concept note


Prof. Fanzo’s presentation

Learn more about nutrition relevant discussions at COP26 here.

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