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Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)


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The Food Industry and the SDG Challenge

Workshop on the launch of the report

The event organized in cooperation with Rappresentanza Permanente d'Italia ONU - New York,  will be held on September 24, 2019 from 4.00 to 6.00 p.m. in New York, on the occasion of the Opening Session of the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations. 

This year, the SDG Summit under the auspices of the General Assembly will assess the progress made so far in the adoption of Agenda 2030, providing guidance and guidelines to accelerate the implementation of the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

In this context, the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and the Santa Chiara Lab – University of Siena (SCL), are joining forces to accelerate progress towards the sustainable development of the agro-food sector.

A report on sustainable business practices in the food sector will be launched at this event, showcasing best practices and recommendations in four areas:

  • Promoting and developing healthy diets
  • Identifying sustainable ways to produce food 
  • Developing sustainable food value chains
  • Being a good corporate citizen

We are convening institutional representative, experts, academics, entrepreneurs and opinion leaders will discuss in order to raise awareness on main challenges, opportunities and responsibilities for the food sector and identify effective sustainability pathways towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.


4.00 p.m. – 4.20 p.m. 
Institutional remarks
Representative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Representative of the European Commission
Qu Dongyu, Director-General FAO

4.20 p.m. – 4.50 p.m. 
Welcoming Remarks
Guido Barilla, Chairman, Barilla Foundation
Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor, Columbia University; Director, SDSN; 
Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the SDGs

4.50 – 5.10 p.m.
The role of business to achieve the SDGs
Angelo Riccaboni, Full Professor Of Business Administration, University of Siena; Chair, Prima Foundation

5.10 p.m. – 5.50 p.m. 
Diane Holdorf, Managing Director and Senior Management Team, Food & Nature, WBCSD
Charlotte Ersboll, Senior Advisor, UN Global Compact 
Gerbrand Haverkamp, Executive Director, World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA)
Ben Valk, Lead Food & Agri Partnerships, Rabo Partnerships

5.50 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. 
Closing Remarks
Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor, Columbia University; Director, SDSN; 
Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the SDGs

6.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. 
Networking and refreshments

Moderator: Gerda Verburg, Coordinator, SUN Movement


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Warwick New York Hotel
65 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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Barilla Foundation

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) analyzes the complexity of current agri-food systems and, through a variety of initiatives, fosters change towards healthier and more sustainable lifestyles in order to achieve the Goals set by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs).

With its public initiatives and scientific research, Barilla Foundation provides recommendations to public decision makers and maintains an ongoing dialogue with its stakeholders by providing food related multidisciplinary studies and highlighting best practices; it engages the new generations by developing educational tools and awarding projects by young researchers from around the world; it speaks to people to raise awareness and inspire informed daily food choices.

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