October 16, 1945, was the founding date of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Every year on this day, people around the globe gather to honor this important milestone as World Food Day and to rededicate ourselves to the international campaign underway to achieve, by 2030, the sustainable development goal of Zero Hunger.

Hear from heads of international organizations, companies, and trade associations who provide significant leadership in our global food system as they discuss global food topics including hunger relief, regenerative agriculture and sustainable development, food security and safety, and impacts of climate change. Presenters include David Beasley, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme – the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Founder and Director, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network; and more.

Working Together for a World Without Hunger

David Beasley, Executive Director, United Nations Food Programme – the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

  • Introduction by Martha (Muffy) MacMillan, Board Chair, Global Minnesota

Minnesota: Leading the Way to the Future of Food with the MBOLD Coalition

  • Jeff Harmening, Chairman and CEO, General Mills
  • Stephanie Lundquist, Executive Vice President and President of Food and Beverage, Target
  • Sonya Roberts, President and Group Leader, Salt Group, Cargill
  • Joan Gabel, President, University of Minnesota
  • Moderator: Angela Davis, MPR
  • Additional remarks by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz; Peter Frosch, CEO, GREATER MSP; and JoAnne Berkenkamp, Managing Director, MBOLD

Minnesota and Organized Kindness: “When Minnesota Fed the Children of Europe”

Mark Ritchie, President, Global Minnesota

Food Safety and Security in the Midst of COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis

  • Amer Daoudi, Senior Director of Operations, United Nations World Food Programme
  • Ruth Petran, Senior Scientist, Food Safety and Public Health, Ecolab
  • Mike Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme

Partnerships for Food Security, Food Safety, and Food Justice

  • Guy Ryder, Director General, United National International Labor Organization (ILO)
  • Gabriella Rigg-Herzog, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs, United States Council for International Business
  • Cathy Feingold, Director, International Department, AFL-CIO, Deputy President, International Trade Union Confederation
  • Kevin Cassidy, Director, ILO Office for the United States and Representative to Bretton Woods and Multilateral Organizations

SDGs Working Together to Achieve Zero Hunger

Jeffrey Sachs, President, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University

  • Introduction by Paurvi Bhatt, President, Medtronic Foundation, Advisory Council, Impact 2030

Regenerative Agriculture: Equity, Resilience, and Sustainable Development

  • A-dae Romero-Briones, Director of Programs – Native Agriculture and Food Systems, First Nations Development Institute
  • Haile Johnston, Co-founder and Chief Development Officer, The Common Market
  • Jane Maland Cady, Program Director, International, McKnight Foundation; Co-Chair, Global Alliance for the Future of Food
  • Lauren Baker, Director of Programs, Global Alliance for the Future of Food
  • Moderator: Mark Muller, President, Regenerative Agriculture Foundation

Voices from the Frontline: SDGs and Food Security

  • David Miller, Principal Community Relations Consultant, Communications and Social Impact, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Víctor Suárez, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Atul Tandon, CEO, Opportunity International
  • Moderator: Alexandra Spieldoch, CEO, Bountifield International

Countdown to 2030 – A Call to Action

  • Melvin Carter, Mayor of Saint Paul
  • Jacob Frey, Mayor of Minneapolis
  • Michelle Grogg, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Executive Director of the Cargill Foundation
  • Moderator: Liz Schrayer, President and CEO, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC)

Closing Remarks

Mark Ritchie, President, Global Minnesota



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