13th “Policies against Hunger” Conference brought to successful conclusion
Joint Action for Healthy and Sustainable School Nutrition
The 13th “Policies against Hunger” Conference has drawn up specific recommendations on how to make best use of school nutrition in order to better contribute to the global fight against hunger and malnutrition.
Federal Minister Julia Klöckner opened the conference, which took place virtually from 23 to 25 June at the invitation of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).
At the conference, more than 120 experts from governments, science, civil society and industry came together in different working groups to discuss how schools can be strengthened as a key element for improving the nutrition of children and adolescents.
Up to 600 viewers from all over the world tuned in to follow the live streams of the kick-off and the closing event.
David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), concluded the conference by highlighting the importance of international cooperation on the topic of school nutrition and fighting global hunger.
Dr Martin Frick, Deputy to the Special Envoy for the Food Systems Summit at the United Nations (UN), underlined the impetus the event provided for the discussion on school nutrition at the Food Systems Summit in September 2021.
Participants also joined a side event to present the current state of play regarding the launch of a multi-stakeholder initiative for a ”School Meals Coalition” to be officially launched at the UN Food Systems Summit. Germany is contributing by creating a peer-to-peer network to organise an exchange of experience between the administrations of different countries.