Pre-conference: Road to Framework Convention on Food Systems: tackling global syndemic with food policy

Wednesday 20 November, 9:00 – 12:30, Room Morgiou

Organised by:

EUPHA Section Food and nutrition


Based on the EAT Lancet report[1] and Lancet report on Global Syndemic[2] key challenges overlap when discussing healthy diets and sustainable food production. And therefore, should be addressed in combined and comprehensive actions at all levels. Proposed topics cover key actions proposed by Global Syndemic report - A Policy Brief[3].

Overview of pre-conference topics and objectives

  1. Learn and discuss best food policy practices and implementation options
    E.g. using nutrition labelling to alert consumers to products high in sugar, salt, and saturated fat, and stimulate industry reformulation and adding sustainability indicators, such as carbon and water footprints, to food labels to help consumers make sustainable choices.
  2. Discussing and learning about tools to monitor implementation of recommended policies E.g. Healthy Food Environment Policy Index[4]
  3. Discussing Framework Convention on Food Systems (FCFS) as the comprehensive, legal framework to bind countries to collectively create food systems that promote health, equity, environmental sustainability, and economic prosperity. Using the constitutional provisions of UN agencies and/or regional bodies to develop a Framework Convention on Food Systems for Member States to ratify and enact nationally.

Draft programme 

09:00 – 09:30 Best food policy practices  - Piotr Romaniuk 
09:30 – 10:00 Case study: France - Chantal Julia
10:00 – 10:30 Tools to monitor the implementation of recommended policies: Healthy Food Environment Policy Index - Stefanie Vandevijvere
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 11:30 Global Syndemic Report and Framework Convention - Hannah Brinsden
11:30 – 12:30 First Steps Towards Framework Convention on Food Systems and Group discussion[5] on key FCFS articles (e.g. Packaging and labelling, Advertising and marketing, Public awareness and education, Price and tax measures) and policy implementation opportunities and challenges
12:30 - 13:30 Networking lunch 

The pre-conference will be chaired by Urška Erklavec, Slovenia, and Christopher Birt, United Kingdom.


The registration fee is € 70 which includes networking lunch and refreshments.





[5] Group discussions will be facilitated with a world-café methodology to encourage active participation, networking, in-depth discussions and proposal collection. World-café is a structured conversational process for knowledge sharing in which groups of people discuss a topic at several tables, with individuals switching tables periodically and getting introduced to the previous discussion at their new table by a table host.