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The UN Food Systems Summit will be held in New York, on 23rd September 2021, where it addresses topics on the food system and goals that are set out to achieve by 2030. To support this movement, Unilever Food Solutions will be hosting a series of virtual dialogues from October to December to continue raising awareness about food systems and sustainability. 

Upcoming Independent Dialogues

United Nations Food Systems Summit Independent Dialogue Ep. 4

Sustainable Sourcing in Palm Oil - 16th Dec 2021

Palm oil is a versatile ingredient used in both food and non-food products. While its crop provides the highest yield per hectare compared to all other vegetable oils, the palm oil plantation is often associated with environmental concerns such as deforestation. The ambition of the palm oil industry is to drive deforestation out of the supply chain.

Panelists from different sectors have been invited to share their viewpoints on the challenges present and how different stakeholders can work together towards achieving a sustainable sourcing of palm oil.

Join us virtually as the experts explore the possible partnership to accelerate these changes.  The audience will have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion and to the vision of the Summit.


Key Panellists:

Julia MajailDirector of Standard Development, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Prof. Glyn Davies, Senior Adviser, World Wide Fund (WWF) Malaysia

Qi Ni Lee, Corporate Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion Lead, MYSG, Sodexo

Moderated by:

Dr. Lam Hon Loong, Professor of Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham


More About the UN Food Systems Summit

The UN Food Systems Summit will be held on 23rd September 2021 to address on topics regarding the food system, so that we can achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 collectively. Through this summit, the UN will reaffirm its commitment to promote human rights for all and ensure everyone, everywhere can participate. Together, we can and must leverage the power of our food systems to achieve all our shared goals for people, planet, and prosperity.

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Past Independent Dialogues

1. General Overview - 1 October 2021

The first dialogue aims to discuss the most important and urgent agenda of the food systems for Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia and Singapore. Experts from diverse backgrounds are invited to share their viewpoints, including the impact, status, challenges, and opportunities. We will also uncover possible partnerships that could accelerate these changes. 

Key Panellists:

Angelia Chin-Sharpe, CEO BNP Paribas Asset Management, President of The Lost Food Project

Dr. William Thomas, PhD, SEA Director, The Economist Corporate Network

Ivan Lu, Managing Director, Unilever Food Solutions Malaysia and Singapore


Prof. Kenneth GohAcademic Director, Business Families Institute, Singapore Management University

Watch  the Independent Dialogue

2. Food Waste - 15 October 2021

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated that globally, one third of the food we produce never gets eaten, that is about 1.3 billion tons of food wasted each year. If global food waste was a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Ironically, while that’s happening, about 1 in 9 people go to bed hungry and around 9 million people die every year of hunger and hunger related disease.


Food loss and waste can happen at every stage in the food value chain, from farm, factory, retailer, food service and consumer’s level. Food loss and waste has indeed become a serious global issue and it has been putting a tremendous amount of pressure on the food system. The effort in reducing food loss and waste is a work in progress. The Sustainable Development Goal has call for halving per capita global food waste at retail and consumer levels by 2030, as well as reducing food losses along the production and supply chains. In this dialogue, the panelists from different sector will share their viewpoint in the strategies on tackling food loss and waste issue in Malaysia and Singapore context.

Key Panellist:

Brad Weller, Managing Director and Global Head, Hotels and Resorts, Winnow

Raheel Ahmad, Culinary director, APEC, Asia Pacific excluding China, Marriott International

Andrew Varona, Supply Chain Director, Unilever Malaysia & Singapore  

Moderated by:

Tara Shyam, Associate Director, Regional Product Sourcing Partnerships, Asia-Pacific, The Global Foodbanking Network

3. Improve Accessibility of Positive Nutrition in Malaysia - 5th Nov 2021

Improving nutrition sits at the core of global development and is the key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In this session, we will discuss the concept of positive nutrition, the evolving trend during Covid, and accessibility of nutritious foods in Malaysia. Panellists will share their viewpoints on the most relevant agenda in the topic of nutrition accessibility. Furthermore, they will explore the possible partnership to accelerate the changes.  The audience will have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion and to the vision of the Summit.


Key Panellists:

Dr. Tee E SiongPresident of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM)

Mr. Shiv Sahgal, Foods & Refreshment Director- Malaysia and General Manager, Unilever

Ms. Catherine Goh, General Manager, Santan ASEAN, AirAsia

Moderated by:

Dr. Satvinder Kaur, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, UCSI University