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Newsletter from the Global Action Network

Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition

We are happy to send you our Summer 2023 Newsletter, sharing ongoing work and news from the Global Action Network.

To feature your activities, solutions or relevant events supporting the Global Action Network mission in future newsletters, please contact us via foodfromtheocean@hi.no.

Relevant actions

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The Global Action Network Action Plan includes arranging annual meetings, workshops and events, recognize interested parties and establish connections to promote collaboration and interaction among cross-sectorial actors focusing on the important elements for food security from Healthy Waters to Healthy People.

UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment

The UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) +2 Stocktaking Moment will take place on 24-26 July 2023. The event will build on the momentum of the 2021 UNFSS and create a conducive space for countries to review commitments to action that were made during the Summit, share stories of success and early signs of transformation, maintain the momentum for bold acceleration and bold action to further the resilience of food systems, advocate for their adaptation to climate change, ensure they contribute to communities’ resilience to further shocks and crises, and boost the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Global Action Network is supporting this special event by FAO on Blue transformation, ensuring that aquatic foods are a visible part of the FSS agenda.

The Enormous Potential for Aquaculture in Africa

The African continent has the fastest-growing population in the world which leads to many opportunities and challenges including, amongst others, adequate growth in the production of nutritious foods with low environmental impact. An initiative was launched by multiple organisations and stakeholders to address this issue pragmatically, and it will be showcased during a FAO Conference side event with the title of “The Enormous Potential for Aquaculture in Africa”. The Global Action Network is supporting this side event.

Relevant knowledge and solutions

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Sufficient aquatic food
The Global Action Network will continuously identify challenges, exchange knowledge and solutions related to the key elements of food security. Through the Gain and Share Tool, you can gain and share knowledge to promote sustainable food from the oceans and inland waters for food security and nutrition.

Here we are featuring challenges and solutions in Nutritious aquatic food and Sustainable aquaculture production.

Aquatic Foods Community of Practice

Up and Running!

An Aquatic Foods Community of Practice (CoP) has been established, with leadership from the FAO, Lilongwe University in Malawi, and the University of Greenwich Natural Resources Institute (NRI). The purpose of the CoP is to bring together scientists and other stakeholders to improve the collection and dissemination of information on the nutrient composition of aquatic foods.
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Climate Resilient Aquatic Food: Feeding the Future

Feeding a growing world population requires an increased focus on aquatic food systems featuring foods containing important micro- and macro-nutrients to ensure healthy diets. ClimeFOOD, a proud partner of the Global Action Network, will directly contribute to more sustainable and climate-resilient food systems to UN SDGs and the outcomes from both the UN Ocean and Nutrition Decades by developing and implementing pathways to improve health under the challenges of climate change.

Aquatic-Blue Food Coalition

The Aquatic Blue-Food Coalition participated in the Bonn Climate Change Conference to promote greater integration of food systems transformation into the climate crisis discussions. The Coalition organised a side event in cooperation with GIZ of Germany, entitled Strengthening Blue Foods’ Role in National Food Systems to Meet Climate and Nutritional Targets: The ‘Why’ and the ‘How To’.
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Relevant upcoming events

MARE People and the Sea Conference, 26-30 June 2023, Amsterdam, Netherlands
UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment, 24-26 July 2023, Rome, Italy
Micronutrient Forum, 16-20 October 2023, The Hague, Netherlands
Committee on World Food Security CFS 51, 23-27 October 2023, Rome, Italy
The Enormous Potential for Aquaculture in Africa, 3 July 2023
SDG Summit 2023, 18-19 September 2023, New York City, US
FAO Science and Innovation Forum,16-20 October 2023, Online
14th European Nutrition Conference FENS 2023, 14-17 November 2023, Belgrade, Serbia

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