Updates from the Coalition of Action on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems for Children and All

HDSFS Coalition
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  • Read the latest newsletter of the Coalition, including highlights of the UN Food Systems Summit Stocktaking Moment here
  • The Coalition has welcomed the University of Ghana as the newest Coalition member, who became an Official Member in September. The HDSFS Coalition now has 19 country members, 17 countries as Friends of the Coalition and more than 20 UN, NGOs, civil society and academia entities as members of the coalition. Read more on the Coalition’s official webpage.
  • Together with UN-Nutrition and partners, the Coalition co-organized the Our seat at the table – Maximizing transformative opportunities across the rural-urban continuum to deliver healthy diets from sustainable food systems as an official side event of the 51st session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), find more details and the recording here.
  • With just 30 days to go the HDSFS Coalition is working with partners and other coalitions to engage in events across the upcoming COP 28 to highlight the importance of healthy diets from sustainable food systems for mitigating the impact of climate change. This years COP28 is taking place in the United Arab Emirates from 30th November - 11th December. In the lead up to COP 28, the Coalition organized a meeting for its Members on the inclusion of dietary considerations in countries’ National Determined Contributions (NDCs), which is one of the coalition’s focus areas. WWF presented results of a study showing that NDCs tend to under-represent the carbon footprint of our food systems. The role that sustainable dietary choices can play was only acknowledged in five countries' NDCs. Recognizing the link between what we eat and how it impacts the environment should be a fundamental part of any country's climate action plan. In this light, WWF is developing with partners a guidance tool for policy makers to help them ensure that NDCs include the significance of food systems in the context of climate change. The tool will be ready at the beginning of 2024. 
  • The HDSFS coalition is working closly with the Initiative on Climate and Nutrition Actions (I-CAN) ensuring alignment in their outcomes and deliverables, toward better nutrition and climate integration for healthier people and a healthier planet. CFS was a busy week for I-CAN, with the side event ‘Integrating Climate and Nutrition- an essential action for zero hunger’ featuring the launch of two new reports, find more details and a full recording here.