Geneva's Impact on Food

Let's take a moment to 'digest' the fact that every year....

  • 1.3 billion tonnes of food go to waste;

  • Close to one billion people go undernourished;
  • Another 800 million people go hungry;
  • The 300 million tonnes of food fit for consumption that are wasted in industrialised countries alone could feed all of those going to bed hungry.
  • This year's World Food Day was particularly relevant because it added to the global momentum on sustainability. With the UN Summit in New York that saw the signing of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) last month, and the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP2I) that will take place in Paris in December, the world is under pressure to take collective action towards a more sustainable future. Under the new Sustainable Development Agenda we are committed to ending hunger by 2030. And this is doable. According to FAO, eradicating world hunger by 2030 requires on average USD 267 billion per year. This is less than 2% of the global GDP.

    How we manage our food production and consumption is an important aspect of how we can survive, thrive and protect our environment and sustainably manage our resources. The United Nations and its partners are gearing up to tackle this 'menu' of challenges. Geneva is well-recognised for its impact on humanitarian affairs, peace negotiations and global health but there is much more. The work done by a constellation of organisations based in Geneva directly affects the production, transport, trade, consumption and disposal of food on a daily basis. From norms and standards to nutrition, chemicals management, human rights, labour rights, intellectual property of seeds and food waste. On World Food Day, we did not want to miss the opportunity to shed some light on relevant examples of Geneva's global impact.