3rd December - Thematic Day


3rd December - Thematic Day


Thematic Day Hosts:

ENHANCE nutrition and health for all.

9.30–10.30 +4 GMT

Leveraging Food Security: Unleashing the Benefits of Horticulture and Urban Forestry on Nutrition and Health

Efforts to overcome hunger and health issues continue to be carried out, especially when the world is faced with a global crisis due to the ever-changing climate. Drought disasters and extreme weather has caused massive crop failure, leading to famine and even claiming hundreds of lives. Air pollution has also been responsible for a host of health issues, including respiratory infections, heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. Thus, diverse mechanisms in addressing food security and climate change became our main priority. 


Forests and horticultural plants hold a vital role in sustaining lives. In addition to their ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, their adversity also provides necessary alternatives to achieve food security and healthy life, from various organic products of fruits and vegetables through horticultural practices, to urban forests around community ecosystems.

11.00–12.00 +4 GMT

Nutrition, Gender and Climate: A Just Transition towards Nourishing Nations

As three billion people suffer from global hunger, further exacerbated by the effects of climate change, the world is waking up to the need to integrate and align global food systems transformation alongside climate mitigation and adaptation. However, as we continue to de-risk and build resilient food systems, one population group – women, is easily overshadowed in decisions, policy changes and implementing solutions. Women play a crucial role in the food supply chains; more than half are engaged in post-harvest food supply chains, and many more are invisible. Therefore, it is imperative that climate-resilient food systems solutions be gender- and nutrition-sensitive, leaving no one behind.

12.30–13.30 +4 GMT

Building climate- and nutrition-resilient societies through youth-led action

What we eat impacts climate change, and climate change impacts what we eat. Feeding a growing population a healthy and nutritious diet provided by ‘nature-positive’ food systems requires both societal shifts, as well as individual-level change. In times of crisis, children and young people are among the most vulnerable to experiencing shocks. But they are also among the first to stand up and take action. That is why it is so important to engage with the youth of today who are already rising to become the leaders of tomorrow. The event will spotlight the transformative role that young people play in steering sustainable solutions related to nutrition and climate change. Youth representatives from the community level to the global influencers, as well as young entrepreneurs, will share their experiences and insights on how to foster societal resilience. Highlighting successful initiatives led by young women and men, the event will explore how other stakeholders can contribute to these efforts. To build climate- and nutrition-resilient societies, we need to scale up innovative youth-led action at the level of civil society, the private sector and by inclusive policymaking based on local knowledge.

It is only through meaningful partnership with young people that policy makers and the global community can accelerate action on sustainable food and nutrition security. We invite you to join this intergenerational dialogue to understand the role you can play alongside young people in shaping a healthy planet for all.

14.00–15.00 +4 GMT

5 Ws for Water and Nutrition Security

Water is poorly recognised and acknowledged in narratives on food and nutrition security and resilient food systems, in particular, the consumption of water for optimal health and well-being. Global conversations have focused on water in production systems, neglecting the importance of water in other parts of the food systems, including for nutritious and sustainable diets. There exists a critical link for nutrition and SDG 6 on water, emphasised in target 6.3 on safe water, including reductions in waterborne diseases.

15.30–16.30 +4 GMT

People and Food: Enriching Diversity in Food Systems

Diversity – of foods, people, culture and systems – are very often overlooked and undervalued in food systems conversations, and poorly articulated as solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation. Very often, policy makers and the global community call for broad strokes approaches, undermining the importance of our shared diversity. The challenge in moving forward is to develop people-centered, context-specific food systems approaches that integrate diversity into their solutions.

17.00–18.00 +4 GMT

Evolving Landscapes: Are Our Diets and Food Systems Adaptable and Resilient?

Evolving landscapes, in a climate-challenged world, affect, and are also affected by our responses to transform food systems. Changes, such as rapid urbanisation, migration, conflicts, drought, rising sea-levels, and salinity, are threats to global food baskets, affecting the food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations. Often, food systems approaches are not responsive to rapid changes, especially in adapting to climatic threats. Context-specific, nutrition-sensitive food systems approaches, co-designed, owned, and evaluated by the people, are key pathways to respond to such evolving landscapes, both in space and time.

18.30–19.30 +4 GMT

Innovative Food systems: Importance of De-stigmatising Agriculture for Asian Youth

The agriculture sector is currently one of the most threatened victims of climate change, and it’s up to the younger generations to bring innovation against newly arising problems in the agro sector to secure a well-fed planet. Approximately 60-70% of the world’s total farming occurs in the Asia-Pacific region. It’s crucial to make agriculture an empowering space for the youth in this region and provide required resources to bring innovative solutions.

By dismantling age-old stigmas surrounding agriculture, the event aims to recognise the strength of youth-led initiatives and to transform agriculture into a sector of empowerment and innovation for younger generations.