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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. 2 Addressing Food Loss and Waste Key panellist: Brad Weller, Raheel Ahmad, Andrew Varona Moderated by: Tara Shyam

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

Register for this Independent Dialogue



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