Listen: UNESCO food and culture forum dishes up fresh serving of SDGs
"Beyond nourishing US food considers eight great half to follow to understand the development changes that are needed for a sustainable future that's according to the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organizations Assistant Director General for Culture and has to atone speaking from the UNESCO World Forum in Parma Italy Italy who says it's possible for the world to practice sustainable food production and consumption while respecting traditional practices. Mr Turn told You News Natalie Hutchinson what participants hoped to gain the forums conclusion what is great when you speak about food is that everybody is agree that that's one of the moment to be challenging. Moment of the day is when you are around the table around. Food is the way that you communicate when he kate is the way that you express yourself. It's the way that you are sharing your thoughts about. How is is is the society the way that the challenges that you want to introduce food is and its preparation. It's important understand. It's not only the product that we are talking about. He's also an important expression of human creativity. That's why one of the program that we built for more than fifteen years ago was creative city and one out the item that was introduced was strumming cities creativity of gastronomy. It's about CDs that are very concentrated to make the city you know name off of of engagement with food as a whole and it's understand the agriculture the two in the way of the put me as a way of leaving intangible Cultural Harry touch at the same time. It's a moment also to speak about the two billion people that do not have regular access to save nutrition food. We are talking talking about one third of all food produced globally that is wasted so if we can see that's huge and that's Twi we want to have this dialogue exchange experiences and good practices to see how we can be more efficient in what we are talking when when Westbrook you're GonNa want food and culture and I want to dive into the creative cities network a little bit and this is this is kind of fascinating essentially cities are using astronomy me as a way of promoting the SDG's or achieving the SDG's is that correct and if so what might this look like on the ground. Maybe you can give us an example of one of the cities and what they're doing. Yes right now you have more than hundred and eighty. CDs Of Creativity of which twenty six is city of gastronomy. We have in all continents. Yes and that's very important in China Sweden. I don't Japan Brazil and Italy sure and the city what they are doing. Ah trying to do is finding innovative ways of capitalizing for one side the traditions and also the contemporary creativity in the the area food what they trying to achieve east understand that food is not what he served in a plate. That's the end. The process is how a whole city understand. That food is around the economic growth but also it's part of the density of the community is the way that they redefine. What is the heritage and transform it in some contemporary way of live. It's not accidental that we do it. In Parma I mean when you think about Obama is one of the place in Italy where there's the most most big industries around buster for one example but he lays there but at the same time is where a lot of local product I coming from and what they have been achieving for more than ten centuries used to preserve the way to make food the same way that they did it four hundred hundred years and it's incredible when you think that you could do these things more industrial way and they continue to do it because they want to be ensuring that the product is the same that was create for more than hundreds and hundreds hundred of us and that's great because if you think only in the economical point of view you will achieve and and what we're trying to show show is how you can build development. We don't losing the traditional way of doing things wonderful. So are you optimistic about the ability to balance say sustainable food processing consumption while respecting cultural identity we asked you death is initials. We think that the only way that the true we see with the good practices where these things are putting place if we see what it means to the communities what it means to to the show social cohesion to their transformation and we see that sustainable development is part of this path the other way we know the result we are looking the results we are going through right against the wall and seeing that for new generation at the end will be how we manage to give new generation a way of living that it's contemporary it's more. Dan We not talking about this but where we respect our tradition way eh of producing food and to be ensuring that what we have to build around this is a dialogue between cultures ways of of of of respecting the environment and to bring to our table the best food that we can and the best quality we we dealt wasting a lot of what we are doing right now and perhaps we'll be better society in the future and more aw good example for children. What is important is by culture. Is the best diplomacy that we know and we think food can be one of the great parts to follow. Oh Great. Is there a particular place whether that's food processor consumption where we are failing the most and where where can we improve the most in terms of food and culture in relation to sustainable development. I think that there's room everywhere in each in each case you have examples of to do things better and implemented we have to do and the only way to do is to share at the end of this phone. What we want in the next month is that's how we gonNA build a map of what has been discussed and to showcase all the good practices that we have the last years to to to share with with the member states and to find ways how we can all these experts community participants to go and make capacity-building custody building also in some regions that want that need that are asking us how to manage some of these issue and sometimes uh-huh can help a whole society to change wonderful that was going to be my final question. Is What's the biggest takeaway from this and maybe you could expand a little bit beyond next month. What what does UNESCO hope to gain at the end of this what we wanted also to do is have on November kimber nineteen November here in Paris the forum of Minister of Culture after twenty one years the last one took and when it the issue is that we want to share also everything that happened in the last not twenty one because to management in the last yes about some some of the forum on some of the issue that are part of the disease but has no no goal associated. I have some I'm part of the goal to see if we are able also to propose for few in next year's some transfers items in culture that we all member states we are able to share as a break point in the actress situation about development spent one of the results that we hope that we've come up these forum to can present some documents that can happen to understand that it's a global issue and not a particular issue for North Countries or South countries."