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Transforming Food Systems: what role can you(th) play?

Aug 17, 2021

This September, the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) will be convened as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The ‘people’s summit’ is mobilising people from all around the world to shape a better world – one where everyone can have access to safe and nutritious diets, while simultaneously promoting planetary health and promoting human rights.

To support this key moment in food systems transformation, young people around the world have been mobilising and at the forefront of campaigns, projects and organisations, working towards a common goal to transform global food systems. This International Youth Day 2021, (August 12th) we are celebrating ‘youth innovation for human and planetary health’. Organised on behalf of the CO-CREATE project to celebrate the theme meaningful participation of young people, our event will showcase stories and advice from young activists on how they would like to be involved in initiatives beyond the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit, while outlining their priorities for key decision makers for the future.


  1. Increase understanding of how to involve young people meaningfully at all levels and stages of programmes, policies, and campaigns development.
  2. Showcase inspiring stories of how young people are driving food systems transformation.
  3. Provide an advocacy platform for young people to share their views on priority policies at the UNFSS 2021.

Date: Tuesday 17th August

Time: 12:00-13:00pm BST






Claudia Selin Batz, Policy and Projects Coordinator, World Obesity Federation


What is the meaningful participation of young people?

Margrete Katanasho, CO-CREATE


Panel discussion: how are young people driving food systems transformation?


(Initiatives at the campaigns, project, and organisational level)

  • Dr Renzo Guinto, Associate Professor of Global Public Health and Inaugural Director of the Planetary and Global Health Program of the St. Luke’s Medical Center, Philippines
  • Pedro Goncalves, CO-CREATE Youth Task Force
  • Taylor Quinn, Core Group Member at Act4Food Act4Change, Retail Coordination Officer, World Food Programme.


Moderator: Tasha Mhakayakora, Former Bite Back 2030 Youth Board Co-Chair


What actions should be prioritised to ensure human and planetary wellbeing?


Mafalda Goncalves and Zuzanna Burzynska, CO-CREATE Youth Task Force


How can youth get involved in the UNFSS and the Act4Food Act4Change campaign?

Sophie Thow-Healy, Co-Founder and Core Group Member, Act4Food Act 4Change


Closing remarks

Margot Neveux, Senior Policy Manager, World Obesity Federation

  • Claudia Selin Batz, World Obesity Federation
  • Dr. Renzo Guinto, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Philippines
  • Mafalda Goncalves, CO-CREATE Youth Task Force
  • Margot Neveux, World Obesity Federation 
  • Margrete Katanasho, CO-CREATE Project, PRESS, Norway
  • Pedro Goncalves, CO-CREATE Youth Task Force
  • Sophie Thow-Healy, Act4Food Act 4Change
  • Tasha Mhakayakora, Bite Back 2030 
  • Taylor Quinn, Act4Food Act4Change, World Food Programme.
  • Zuzanna Burzynska, CO-CREATE Youth Task Force

CO-CREATE (GA No 774210), a five-year (2018-2023) research project funded through an EU Horizon 2020 grant, aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity among adolescents in Europe through policy actions to promote a healthier food and physical activity environment. CO-CREATE’s vision is that before 2025, the rise in adolescent obesity will have come to a halt.

The project brings together a consortium of 14 international research and advocacy organisations, across 10 countries to generate new insights into childhood obesity and its relation to the implementation of policies.

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