IPPN Knowledge Café: Issues-based Coalition on Food Systems Transformation in the ECA Region


You are cordially invited to the second IPPN Knowledge Café, a webinar series focused on building the IPPN members’ capacity to better understand a systems perspective on policy integration and acceleration; and integrated policy solutions, including curation of tools and resources that support the design and implementation of cross-cutting policy solutions. This is a public event, open to all, don't hesitate to share widely among your partners and networks!

About this webinar

Join us for the second IPPN Knowledge Café to explore the work of the regional UN Issue-based Coalition on Sustainable Food Systems (IBC-SFS)* to support policy coherence in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the opportunities and challenges of interagency and multi-sectoral collaborations in delivering integrated policy support to UN Country Teams. We will also review the follow up to the first-ever UN Food Systems Summit (September 2021), which provided a unique opportunity to engage Member States and stakeholders across multiple policy domains to galvanize action and discuss integrated policy issues for food systems transformation in the region.

Please find the agenda below:

  • Welcome and scene-settings remarks: TBC
  • Presentation: Mary Kenny, Food Safety and Consumer Protection Officer, FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia
  • Q&A and exchanges with the audience

* The IBC-SFS is a regional UN platform established in April 2020, advising UN Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams to facilitate a coordinated UN system response for promotion and strengthening sustainable food systems in Europe and Central Asia, as key to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. Co-chaired by FAO, UNICEF and WHO, membership also includes IFAD, UNDP, UNECE, WFP and WMO.

About the speaker

Mary Kenny is the Food Safety and Consumer Protection Officer, Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECA) at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and Delivery Manager for FAO’s regional programme of work on 'Transforming Food Systems' and facilitating market access and integration. Mary manages the regional programme of work on food safety, responding to countries’ needs to develop policies and national food control systems; to strengthen value chain operators capacity to ensure food safety from farm to fork; and to use and contribute to the development of Codex Alimentarius food standards.

Prior to joining FAO in 1995, Mary worked in the UK and Ireland as an Environmental Health Officer with public health, and regulatory compliance responsibilities, and spent six months at the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. Mary’s educational background includes a Degree in Environmental Health Officer and a Masters in Food Science and Technology.

Connection details

📆 Date: Wednesday, 19 January 2022

🕰 Time: 8:00 AM New York | 2:00 PM Geneva | 4:00 PM Addis Ababa | 8:00 PM Bangkok

📲 No registration needed, join us directly on Zoom (same link every month)

What is the IPPN?

The Integrated Policy Practitioners' Network (IPPN) is a one-stop-shop for integrated policy practitioners, operating as a knowledge hub for the global community. IPPN aims to link existing efforts on SDG integration across UN agencies and beyond, and enabling cross-pollination and learning to enhance the UN System-wide capability to practice and deliver high-quality integrated policy support. IPPN is a joint effort under the auspices of the UNSDG Task Team on Integrated Policy Support.

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