About us

Global Action Network on Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition was founded following a series of important global initiatives (ICN2, SDG, CFS GSF,) The United Nations (UN) General Assembly proclaimed 2016 to 2025 to be the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition. A FAO/WHO work programme (2016-2025) has been issued to follow up the Nutrition Decade. Sustainable, resilient food systems for healthy diets is one of the six action areas recognised in the work programme. The programme encourages member states to create action networks, and the Global Action Network was the first action network established under the Nutrition Decade.

Our History – Initiation of the Global Action Network

The initiative of the Global Action Network was launched by Norway at the UN 2017 Ocean Conference.

Our Vision and Mission – Global Action Network Documents

A Concept Document, a Mission Statement and an Action Plan were developed based on inputs from these meetings.

Our People–Global Action Network Structure

TaskForce

The Global Action Network receives valuable input from an international TaskForce. The 2022 TaskForce is composed of participants from the Global Action Network, including country representatives from Norway, the Netherlands, and Iceland, as well as  UN Nutrition, WorldFish, IFAD, and the University of Ghana.

Anita-Utheim Iversen

Leader of Global Action Network Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition

Senior Advisor, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Simkje Kruiderink

Senior policy advisor,

Regio coordinator South America and The (Dutch) Caribbean

Stefán Jón Hafstein

Special Envoy on Ocean Affairs,
Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland

Johanne Nordby Fremstad

Adviser, Department for Climate and Environment, Section for Oceans,
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation

Stineke Oenema

Executive Secretary,

UN Nutrition

Shakuntala Thilsted

Global Lead,

Nutrition & Public Health, WorldFish

Matilda Steiner-Asiedu

Professor,

Department of Nutrition and Food Science,

University of Ghana

Richard Abila

Senior Technical Specialist,

Fisheries and Aquaculture, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Maria Wik Markhus

Secretariat of Global Action Network Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition

Researcher, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Livar Frøyland

Program Director,

Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Rita Hannisdal

Secretariat of Global Action Network Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition

Researcher, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Working Groups

The Global Action Network partnered with the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA) to establish a small working group to explore and coordinate. Participants from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and WorldFish volunteered to be part of this initiative.

The Netherlands’ focal point suggested to establish, and offered to chair, a working group to highlight food and feed within planetary boundaries in connection to the UN Ocean Conference.

The Global Action Network receives input from a national working group with cross-sectorial expertise, including the Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), Norwegian Environment Agency, Norwegian National Council for Nutrition, the Institute of Marine Research, and the Norwegian Food Research Institute (Nofima).

IYAFA working Group

The Global Action Network partnered with the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA) to establish a small working group to explore and coordinate. Participants from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and WorldFish volunteered to be part of this initiative.

Shakuntala Thilsted

Global Lead,

Nutrition & Public Health, WorldFish

Nicole Franz

Fishery Planning Analyst,

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Johanne Nordby Fremstad

Adviser, Department for Climate and Environment, Section for Oceans,
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation

IYAFA working Group

The Global Action Network partnered with the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA) to establish a small working group to explore and coordinate. Participants from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and WorldFish volunteered to be part of this initiative.

 
Nicole Franz, Fishery Planning Analyst, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
 
Johanne Nordby Fremstad
 
Shakuntala Thilsted

Norwegian Working Group

The Global Action Network receives input from a national working group with cross-sectorial expertise, including the Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), Norwegian Environment Agency, Norwegian National Council for Nutrition, the Institute of Marine Research, and the Norwegian Food Research Institute (Nofima).

Secretariat

The Global Action Network is currently led by Norway. The Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries chairs the Global Action Network with secretarial and scientific support from the Institute of Marine Research in Norway.

Anita-Utheim Iversen

Leader of Global Action Network Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition

Senior Advisor, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Maria Wik Markhus

Secretariat of Global Action Network Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition

Researcher, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Livar Frøyland

Program Director,

Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Rita Hannisdal

Secretariat of Global Action Network Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition

Researcher, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Mike Zhu

Secretariat of Global Action Network Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition

Researcher, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Nina Liland

Secretariat of Global Action Network Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition

Researcher, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Marian Kjellevold

Secretariat of Global Action Network Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition

Researcher, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

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Secretariat of Global Action Network Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition

Researcher, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Join us! – Global Action Network Participants

This informal network provides a platform for countries, and other actors, to link and learn to generate food security The Global Action Network is constantly developing based on inputs and ideas from participants at network meetings. In addition to open meetings, TaskForce meetings, and working groups, the Global Action Network arranges digital and physical events to bring attention to the importance of aquatic foods for food security.

TaskForce

The Global Action Network receives valuable input from an international TaskForce.

The 2022 TaskForce is composed of participants from the Global Action Network, including country representatives from Norway, the Netherlands, and Iceland, as well as  UN Nutrition, WorldFish, IFAD, and the University of Ghana.

Anita Utheim Iversen
Head & Senior Adviser

Simkje Kruiderink
Senior Policy Adviser

Stefán Jón Hafstein
Special Envoy on Ocean Affairs

Johanne Nordby Fremstad
Adviser

Stineke Oenema
Executive Secretary

Shakuntala Thilsted
Global Lead

Matilda Steiner-Asiedu
Professor

Richard Abila
Senior Technical Specialist

Secretariat Team

Anita Utheim Iversen
Head & Senior Adviser

Rita
Secretariat & Researcher

Livar
Secretariat & Program Director

Maria
Secretariat & Researcher