13.09.2019 - UNESCO Office in San José

Panama and Costa Rica participate in the first UNESCO World Forum on Culture and Food

Two representatives from Costa Rica and Panama shared their experience at the World Forum “Culture and Food: Innovative Strategies for Sustainable Development”, which gathered together some 150 participants in Parma, Italy, this week from 12-13 September 2019.

Organized by UNESCO in collaboration with the Government of the Italian Republic, with the support of the Emilia Romagna Region and the Municipality of Parma, a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, the World Forum analysed the linkages between food, culture and society, as well as the evolving landscape of food security and food systems, their impact on the environment and their pivotal role for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

On behalf of Grupo Barrio of Costa Rica, Francisco Cervilla presented the culinary-economic development project in Punta Arenas and Café A Pie in San Jose City in the panel Culture for Socio-economic Development of Urban and Rural Areas: New Cultural Policies. This panel addresses how food sector has become a new engine for social and economic development worldwide.

Traditional cultural practices that are food-related can provide solutions to the interlinked challenges of population growth, climate change, the preservation of biodiversity and increasingly diverse societies. It provides inspiration to address issues such as sustainable agricultural practices, education for behavioural change, scientific research and innovation and food security.

Lázaro Israel Rodríguez Oliva, Consultant on Cultural Development of Panama City, joined the panel of UNESCO Creative Cities of Gastronomy, where he talked about how Panama City is using gastronomy as a tool for better presentation of diverse cultural expressions and identities in Panama. The UNESCO Creative Cities of Gastronomy, as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), are committed to promoting gastronomy to stir global action and youth engagement in support of values of global citizenship, respect for human rights, cultural diversity, intercultural and intergenerational dialogue towards peaceful coexistence around food.

The Forum concluded with the adoption of the Parma Declaration, which reaffirms the necessity of reinforcing the links between culture and food to preserve biodiversity rooted in cultural identity and heritage, improve food production and consumption, support healthy nutrition and impulse transformational change. 

More Information here https://en.unesco.org/news/blending-our-past-cultivating-our-future-unesco-world-forum-underscores-culture-food-and


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