UNEA - Second United Nations Environment Assembly:: Reports
Halving food waste and reducing food losses by 2030
Date of event: 
25 May
Event Time: 
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Venue: Marquee


Theme: Food Waste


Organizer: Ministry of Economic Affairs, Directorate-General for Agriculture & Nature, The Netherlands



  • World Resources Institute
  • UNEP



Food loss and waste (FLW) is a major global environmental issue. It consumes about 1/4 of all water used by agriculture worldwide, uses cropland area the size of China, and generates about 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Champions 12.3 was recently launched to help build global political and business momentum on this issue. Champions 12.3 is a coalition of 30 global leaders dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilizing action, and accelerating progress toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3 (www.champions123.org).

To achieve this target, countries and companies will need to quantify their FLW to establish base year data for 2016, and then periodically re-quantify to assess progress over time.

The proposed side event will leverage 6-8 Champions to:

  • Encourage the audience to begin quantifying FLW
  • Educate on how to quantify
  • Showcase successful strategies for reducing FLW

The side event is also an opportunity for selected governments to present UNEA 2 Resolution(s) on FLW reduction and share insights on their FLW reduction goals.

The event strongly supports the overarching themes of UNEA 2 by demonstrating practical and timely approaches for delivering an SDG, which will reduce impacts on land (ecosystems), water, and climate. While UNEP’s Executive Director referenced achievable reductions in FLW as part of his “state of the environment review” at UNEA 1, the topic was not a focus or subject of a resolution in 2014. Thus the proposed side event would bring novelty to the UNEA 2 agenda.