UNESCO World Forum: “Culture and Food: Innovative Strategies for Sustainable Development”

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, the World Forum will analyze the linkages between food, culture and society, as well as the evolving landscape of food security and food systems, and their pivotal role for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Culture and food stand at the crossroads of tradition and innovation. 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, the World Forum will analyze the linkages between food, culture and society, as well as the evolving landscape of food security and food systems, and their pivotal role for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Food has always shaped our relationship to our environment, from the first agricultural communities to the fully-fledged industrial societies of the twenty-first century. Transmitted from generation to generation, the long-established processes of food collection, preparation and service are part of our cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, and are a source of cultural identity and pride, where each cuisine reflects a unique history, lifestyle, values and beliefs. Yet culinary practices have not remained static. Instead, they have crossed continents and acted as gateways to cross-cultural dialogue.

Nowadays, food culture continues to spark encounters, communication and exchange, adapting and innovating. Cities today are living environments, where traditions, cultures and behaviors influence one another, where intangible cultural heritage and creativity blend to give birth to new social practices around food. Popular media also sparks new ideas around food, healthy lifestyles and local produce through a multitude of food blogs, culinary festivals and celebrity TV chefs.
Food culture can provide solutions for the overlapping challenges of population growth, climate change, and offer a platform for dialogue in increasingly diverse societies. It provides inspiration to tackle challenges related to sustainable agricultural and fishery practices; education for behavioral changes and food security. Promoting food diversity, behavioral change to ensure sustainable consumption and waste practices and lifestyles are key components of the global strategy to achieve the SDGs.
Bringing together over 150 participants and speakers, the World Forum will:
• take stock of existing research and policies, measures and practices in the area of culture and food with key stakeholders;
• identify key opportunities and challenges;
• explore innovative pathways to achieve the SDGs.

The UNESCO World Forum will put culture and food in the spotlight through a number of plenary sessions, side-events and interactive panels from a wide range of audiences, including practitioners, international experts, government representatives, IGOs and NGOs.


Details

Type of Event Category 2-Intergovernmental meeting
Start 12.09.2019 11:00 local time
End 13.09.2019 18:00 local time
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Focal point Bax, Denise
Organizer UNESCO, the Government of the Italian Republic, the Emilia Romagna Region and the Municipality of Parma
Contact Benedetta Cosco b.cosco@unesco.org
Country Italy
City Parma
Venue Auditorium Niccolò Paganini, Viale Barilla, 27 / a - 43121 Parma, Italy
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Permanent Delegation Contact Permanent Delegation of Italy to UNESCO
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Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 150
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