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DAFC develops action plan to support UN 2030 global sustainability goals

We should all take responsibility for providing food for the growing global population, says Karen Hækkerup, CEO of the Danish Agriculture and Food Council. The trade organisation has completed its input for the national action plan in support of “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and the UN’s global goals.

The global population continues to grow, and this is putting pressure on the demand for food and its production. A sustainable agricultural and food sector is therefore key to achieving results in terms of the UN’s global goals.

“It’s important that we help take responsibility and contribute to the delivery of healthy, safe and sustainable food products” says Karen Hækkerup, CEO, DAFC.

“The circular economy is a good example of how the agricultural and food sectors can play a part in achieving the UN global goals. Denmark has a long tradition of sustainable, intensive production of raw materials for food, feed, materials and energy, and can help to set the global standard for “best practice” for technological solutions for future production to ensure there is enough food for everyone.”

In September 2015, the UN’s world’s leaders adopted an ambitious agenda that, looking towards 2030, aims at a more sustainable world. The global objectives take the form of 17 specific targets.

On behalf of the Danish food industry, DAFC has selected two global goals that have the most direct relevance to the Danish food cluster, both on the national agenda and in international initiatives. The selected goals aim to end hunger, achieve food safety and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, and to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

DAFC has identified certain areas where the Danish food cluster can help deliver the UN’s global goals. These are:

  • More transfer of Danish technology solutions and know-how to the world;
  • More healthy and safe food globally;
  • Research and innovation is the platform for sustainability:
  • Stronger position of Danish knowledge in European standards;
  • Efficient exploitation of resources – technological solutions for a circular economy:
  • Less food waste;
  • Optimised water consumption in food production;
  • Denmark as a front-runner for climate-friendly agricultural production;
  • Kick-start bio economy and focus on renewable energy.

Going forward, DAFC will integrate the global goals in its efforts to ensure ongoing improvements in sustainable food production, and in international partnerships and projects.