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August 30-31, 2018: Wagenningen University hosts SDG Conference

Wagenningen University will host the 'SDG Conference : Towards Zero Hunger Partnerships for Impact', which will bring together key stakeholders to discuss ideas and contributions towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the goal of prompting action. The outputs of the discussions will feed into the final session ‘Food system transformation pathways to achieve the SDGs.’

The conference will focus on SDG 2 (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture) and SDG 17 (create partnerships).

Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands

Event Website - Wageningen University

Netherlands Agriculture Nutrition

September 14, 2018: ANU hosts annual Indonesia Update conference on status of minorities

The Indonesia Project at the Australian National University (ANU) hosts its annual Indonesia Update conference. The conference examines the treatment of Indonesia’s minority communities and changing attitudes towards them over the past decade. Sessions cover issues including religion, gender, sexuality, disability, and the law. 

Location: Canberra, Australia

Event website - Crawford School, ANU

Australia Agriculture Education Nutrition

September 20, 2018: Dutch parliament debates Dutch positions on EC proposal for the MFF

The European Affairs Committee of the Dutch Parliament hosts a general consultation on the European Commission (EC)'s integral Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) proposal package, which sets the limits for the annual general budgets of the European Union for the next seven years. The consultation includes the elaboration of the sectoral proposals and the corresponding 'BNC' files (Beoordeling Nieuwe Commissievoorstellen, in Dutch), which are the thematic assessments of the EC's initial proposal. The BNC files are the basis for Dutch negotiators in Brussels.

The debate is co-chaired by Stef Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Wopke Hoekstra, Minister of Finance.

Location: The Hague, the Netherlands

Agenda news - Parliament of the Netherlands (in Dutch)

October 13, 2018: World Food Day festival in Den Bosch

The World Food Day is a festival with workshops, talk shows, films, a local market, and excursions to farms and food producers. The event will help participants respond to key questions around food such as "Who produces it? What is the impact of our food on the planet? And how do we ensure that everyone has access to sufficient healthy food?"

The festival is organised by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the Province of North Brabant, and the Municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch in cooperation with different partners, including Wageningen University & Research, Hivos, AgriFood Capital, and Top Sector Horticulture and Starting Materials.

World Food Day is also part of the Dutch Agri Food Week 2018.

Location: Den Bosch, the Netherlands

Event website - World Food Day (in Dutch)

Netherlands Agriculture Nutrition

October 22, 2018: Global Evidence and Implementation Summit 2018

The three-day Global Evidence and Implementation Summit will focus on evidence for better policy and practice.  Around  700 delegates are expected from 30 countries, representing policymakers, practitioners, and scientists. Focus areas will be, among others, international development, education, humanitarian aid, and health. Speakers include Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Conference website -  Geis2018

Australia Education Nutrition

November 2018: Spain to hold First Global Parliamentary Summit against Malnutrition

The Spanish Senate’s Development Committee announced in June 2017 that Spain would hold the first Global Parliamentary Summit against Malnutrition by November 2018; this has been confirmed by Spanish development agency AECID and the FAO. According to AECID, the summit will gather MPs and development officials from around the world, and aims to share experiences and innovative solutions to end hunger.

Further details on the summit will be released closer to the date.

Location: Madrid, Spain

Press release - FAO (in Spanish)

Press release - AECID (in Spanish)

Spain Nutrition

November 20, 2018: Food Futures Conference

The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) hosts the national Food Futures Conference 2018. With the theme 'Food – shaping our future' the conference brings together professionals in the field of public health to discuss nutrition and diet and the implications this has on health and chronic disease.

Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Conference website - PHAA

Australia Nutrition