Launch of the UN Nutrition discussion paper on The role of aquatic foods in sustainable healthy diets

Friday, 7 May 2021
2:00‒3:30pm (CEST)

This new UN Nutrition discussion paper aims to build consensus on the role of aquatic foods in sustainable healthy diets, presenting the breadth of evidence available to inform and steer policy, investments and research to make full use of the vast potential of aquatic foods in delivering sustainable healthy diets and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Aquatic foods are part of the solution to building resilient food systems and sustainable healthy diets for all, but for this to be fully achieved, they need to be available, accessible, affordable and desired. To this end, the paper presents a number of strategies such as, promoting changes in consumer behavior, ensuring sustainability of productions systems, and improving the governance of aquatic resources for food security and nutrition.

The event will feature speakers from several UN Nutrition member agencies as well as WorldFish, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) and the Global Action Network Food from the Ocean and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition, who will react to the main findings of the discussion paper and share insights on the role of aquatic foods in their specific contexts.

Download your copy of the UN Nutrition Discussion Paper on The role of aquatic foods in sustainable healthy diets here

Key messages

Press release




Dr. Naoko Yamamoto, UN Nutrition Chair and Assistant Director General for Universal Health Coverage, WHO

Keynote address:

Dr. Gareth Johnstone, Director General, WorldFish


  • Dr. Shakuntala Thilsted, Global Lead, Nutrition and Public Health, WorldFish
  • Ms. Molly Ahern, Food Security and Nutrition Specialist, FAO
  • Mr. Thanawat Tiensin, CFS Chair and Permanent Representative of Thailand to the UN Agencies in Rome
  • Ms. Kefilwe Moalosi, Nutrition and Food safety Specialist, AUDA-NEPAD
  • Dr. Fatiha Terki, Country Director, WFP Senegal
  • Mr. Richard Abila, Senior Technical Specialist in Fisheries and Aquaculture, IFAD
  • Ms. Anita Utheim Iversen, Leader of the Global Action Network on Sustainable Food from the Ocean and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition 


UN Nutrition Discussion paper presentation

Speakers Aquatic Foods Webinar

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