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Together it’s possible: phasing out food and plastic waste in the hospitality sector

Everyone is affected by the impacts of food and plastic waste. But how do we achieve SDG 12?

Join us in New York on 27 September to learn how to reduce food and plastic waste in the hospitality sector. This UNGA side event will showcase the One Planet network as the implementation mechanism for SDG 12 and present strategies, approaches and cases of how to reduce food waste and single-use plastics.

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Discarded food. Photo: Taz / Flickr.

27 September 2019
New York, United States and Online

Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue

The way we produce and consume is at the nexus of the greatest challenges of our time: climate change, biodiversity loss, and healthily and amply feeding a growing population. These issues are irredeemably interlinked. We need to connect climate, food, people and nature and demonstrate the urgency for transformation of the current food system and support sustainable consumption and production methods, including halting of land conversion and deforestation and deterring unnecessary plastic use.

Reducing waste – including of plastic and food – is one of the challenges named in SDG 12. This discussion will present successful initiatives and strategies from those leading on implementation of SDG 12 through the One Planet network.

The event is hosted by three One Planet Network programs: Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainable Tourism and Sustainable Lifestyles and Education. The Sustainable Lifestyle and Education program is co-led by Sweden (through SEI) and Japan (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies).

The discussion will build on the resolutions agreed at UNEA 4 under “Promoting sustainable practices and innovative solutions for curbing food loss and waste” and “Innovative pathways to achieve sustainable consumption and production”.

How can we fast-track meaningful action to achieve SDG 12 and increase momentum and commitments to accelerate the urgent change needed to reduce waste?

How to register

RSVP by 20 September to attend.

Register now


Breakfast will be served at 9:00, and presentations will start at 9:30.


  • Kavita Prakash-Mani, Global Conservation Director, WWF


  • Chennai Mukumba, Centre Coordinator, CUTS Zambia
  • Claire Kneller, WRAP (to be confirmed)
  • Naomi Scott Mearns, Consumer International UK

The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion on trade offs and challenges to reduce of food waste and plastic waste in the hospitality sector.

About the network

The One Planet network is a global partnership between countries and stakeholders to contribute to implementation of Goal 12 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, leading the way to implement the shift to sustainable consumption and production patterns.

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Image: One Planet Network.

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