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Malnutrition, climate change, globalization, and trade patterns profoundly shape the global food system. These challenges, along with rapid population growth, have compromised the ability of food systems to deliver safe, nutritious, sustainable, and equitable foods, in turn impacting the fulfillment of fundamental human rights.

This year, the Food Governance Node at the Charles Perkins Centre (University of Sydney) and the George Institute for Global Health has partnered with the Global Center for Legal Innovation on Food Environments (Georgetown University Law Center) to organize the Global Food Governance Conference. This conference will be online December 13-15, 2021, from 2:00-7:00 p.m. EST (Washington D.C.) / December 14-16, 2021, from 6:00-11:00 a.m. (Sydney, Australia). It will bring together lawyers, policymakers, nutritionists, and health scientists to explore how law, policy, and regulation can help address food system challenges at the local, national, regional, and global levels.

Through a broad and interdisciplinary approach, the Global Food Governance Conference will consider how legislative, regulatory, and policy regimes impede or facilitate access to safe, nutritious, sustainable, and equitable food. The conference will explore issues such as (1) food security, safety, and sustainability, (2) the promotion of healthier diets, addressing both under and over-nourishment, including diet-related risk factors for non-communicable diseases, (3) equity and social justice in global food systems, including human rights-based approaches, and (4) Indigenous food systems governance.

Hoping to highlight the interrelationships between the main challenges facing the global food system in the 21st century, this conference also aims to create new opportunities for collaborations that promote access to healthy and sustainable food for all.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Tlaleng Mofokeng, Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
  • Namukolo CovicSenior Research Coordinator, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor of Public Health, City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
  • Amandine Garde, Professor of Law, University of Liverpool
  • Renzo Guinto, Inaugural Director, Planetary and Global Health Program, St. Luke’s Medical Center; Chief Planetary Health Scientist, Sunway Centre for Planetary Health, Malaysia
  • Dwight “Kip” Holley, Social Research Associate, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, The Ohio State University
  • Carlos Monteiro, Professor of Nutrition and Public Health, School of Public Health, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Sherry Pictou, Assistant Professor of Law and Management; Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Governance, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
  • Rāwiri Tinirau, Director, Te Atawhai o Te Ao (Independent Māori Institute for Environment and Health)
  • Maximo Torero, Chief Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Fiona Wiremu, Executive Director, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Registration is now open with the following fees:

  • Full Conference Fee (3 days): $100 USD
  • Full Single Day Fee: $30 USD
  • Discounted Full Conference Fee: $50 USD (Students, civil society members, unwaged, and researchers/academics based in low- and middle-income countries)
  • Discounted Single Day Fee: $15 USD (Students, civil society members, unwaged, and researchers/academics based in low- and middle-income countries)
  • There will also be an option to request a complete fee waiver. This request can be submitted by anyone that identifies as any of the above listed categories. Requests will be determined by the Conference Organizing Committee.

All sessions will be recorded and made available after each day. Participants will continue to have access to the recordings for a few months after the completion of the conference.


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