8th December - Thematic Day


8th December - Thematic Day


Thematic Day Hosts:
Thematic Day Co-Hosts:

REDUCE food loss and waste

9.30–10.30 +4 GMT

The Methane Factor: The Role of Food Loss and Waste in Cutting Emissions Anchor Partner: The Global Methane Hub

This session, designed in collaboration with the Global Methane Hub, will explore how new methodologies can help to better understand and measure the efficacy of food loss and waste interventions to reduce methane emissions, such as food recovery and redistribution. Further, the session will highlight how the development of more robust data can inform countries’ climate strategies, and support the inclusion of proven interventions within Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), more private sector action, and the development of financial mechanisms to incentivise increased investment in FLW interventions, including through food banking.

11.00–12.00 +4 GMT

Unlocking Action: Policy Responses to Reduce Food Loss and Waste

COPs and other international forums are critical to set global goals and promote action and accountability, while national and subnational levels are where these goals are turned into practical and enforceable policies. A range of actors—from national policymakers and city officials to private sector executives and community leaders—are essential to advocate for policies and strategies that will advance ambitious and equitable action to transform the food system.

This session will focus on what new declarations and agreements at COP28 will mean for policymakers, and insights and recommendations, including from the Food Donation Policy Atlas, to develop national regulations and policies to accelerate food loss and waste reduction.

12.30–13.30 +4 GMT

Speed Dating for SDG12.3: How philanthropy can catalyse national action on food loss and waste?

Food loss and waste is a key contributor to the climate crisis and a win-win solution for food security. However, ambitious multi-stakeholder solutions are needed to halve food loss and waste (FLW) by 2030.

Philanthropy can play a critical role in bridging the public – private divide and bringing multiple stakeholders to the table. Launching a Roadmap for FLW, this event will illustrate the role of philanthropy and showcase examples of catalytic action from Kenya, Indonesia, USA and Mexico.

Turning to the audience, solution providers and philanthropies will join together for 30 minutes of ‘speed-dating’ to spark ideas for multi-actor collaboration to deliver SDG target 12.3.

This event is hosted by FOLU in partnership with WRI, Champions12.3, WRAP, ReFed, Bezos Earth Fund, IKEA Foundation and Roberston Foundation.

14.00–15.00 +4 GMT

Roundtable on a Circular Food System

Moving to a circular food system can dramatically lower emissions, reduce food waste and increase the food supply. By applying the concept of a circular economy to the global food industry, including food production and consumption, we can make significant shifts in government, business and consumer behaviours that will benefit people and the planet.

Fortunately, many interventions already exist and are ready to be scaled. We will explore how circular approaches can be adapted and applied to agriculture, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, and the food service industry. We will explore how collecting and re-distributing surplus food, including through food banking, is a time-tested approach to reduce waste and increase food access.This session will ask: What are the challenges to making this shift? What are the policies needed? And how can we mobilise finance resources to create real incentives and behaviour change?

15.30–16.30 +4 GMT

Securing the Global Food Supply Chain

In a world challenged by climate change, economic disparities, and geopolitical complexities, ensuring the stability of the global food supply chain is of utmost importance. Transforming food systems to make them more resilient and inclusive, and leveraging them as engines of economic growth and prosperity for all, is at the heart of this critical endeavour. DP World’s global supply chain operations play a vital role in supporting these goals, aligning with the UAE’s vision to establish itself as a leading innovation and food supplies trading hub.

The session, in partnership with The Global FoodBanking Network and DP World, will introduce how supply chains, from ports and economic zones, to packing houses and markets, and across the distribution infrastructure that brings food into people’s homes, can be leveraged to solve a myriad of food system challenges. Panelists will explore how they are mitigating supply chain disruptions, protecting vulnerable communities, promoting international trade partnerships, and collaborating to enhance food security on a global scale.

17.00–18.00 +4 GMT

Sparking Big Ideas: Putting FLW Solutions on the Table

With a growing understanding of the interconnection between the food system and climate change, the world needs urgent action that will speed and scale progress, including to reduce food loss and waste.

Through a series of inspiring, ground-breaking, lightning-round interventions by leaders in the field, this session aims to identify ideas, innovations and solutions to spur bold action and change in the food system.

Featuring leaders across government, business and civil society, the session will introduce ideas that collectively present a path forward that extends far beyond COP28 and inspires action in the years to come.

18.30–19.30 +4 GMT

Mix and Mingle: FLW Cocktail Hour

This session will be a time for leaders, practitioners and advocates to meet, spark ideas to reduce food loss and waste, and discuss opportunities to partner together.

Short remarks will be delivered by Lisa Moon, President & CEO, The Global FoodBanking Network, and Gonzalo Muñoz, COP28, Chair of Food Strategy, Non-State Actor Directive Committee and GFN Board Member.