Switzerland Advocates Sustainable Food Systems at 2024 Geneva Forum

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Switzerland Advocates Sustainable Food Systems at 2024 Geneva Forum

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Representatives from over 30 member states of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) gathered in Geneva on March 13–14, 2024, to review their progress and hurdles in executing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2024 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development spotlighted the quest for sustainable and inventive approaches to achieving the Agenda’s goals amidst crises and conflicts. Sustainable food systems emerged as a focal point for Switzerland’s endeavors.

Discussions at the forum delved into the implementation of goals addressing poverty (goal 1), hunger (goal 2), climate change (goal 13), peace, justice, and robust institutions (goal 16), and partnerships (goal 17). The broad spectrum of topics necessitated close collaboration between various Swiss departments and agencies both in preparation and during the event in Geneva. The delegation, led by Markus Reubi, emphasized diversity as a testament to the widespread commitment to advancing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Switzerland, despite geopolitical challenges, upholds its 2030 Sustainable Development Strategy. Priorities this year encompass the shift towards sustainable food systems, Paris Agreement enforcement against climate change, and access to enhanced data and anticipation of forthcoming technological advancements. Switzerland aims to substantially contribute to poverty and hunger alleviation, crucial for sustainable development.

Outcomes from the UNECE Regional Forum will inform the High-level Political Forum in July and the Future Summit in New York in September. The objective is to ensure international commitments made in 2015 are fulfilled, fostering closer collaboration with civil society, businesses, and academia.

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