Media Advisory: Food Loss and Waste Day Events and Spokespeople at COP28

For background and information about GFN’s activities at COP28, visit:


WHAT: The Global FoodBanking Network and partners will be hosting at a series of events to discuss the food system transformation, highlighting the the connection between food loss and waste and climate action at COP28. They are hosting events for the “Food Loss and Waste Day” at the Food Systems Pavilion on December 8, 2023.

Events will discuss a range of topics, including the role of reducing food waste to cut methane emissions, policies needed to expand food loss and waste reduction, and how global supply chains can be leveraged to address food systems challenges. These events will feature specific examples of activities and solutions, including food banking, which are having a demonstrated impact to reduce emissions and improve food access. GFN will have spokespeople in Dubai who are available for interviews throughout the COP.


WHY: Food loss and waste accounts for 8-10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, including more damaging methane emissions, with up to a third of all food produced lost or wasted each year. At the same time, up to 783 million people faced hunger worldwide in 2022. Addressing food loss and waste is therefore a vital solution to the joint climate and humanitarian crises.

Food systems will be one of the key pillars of this year’s COP, with countries set to be invited to sign onto the Emirates Declaration on Resilient Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Action. Food loss and waste will also receive unprecedented attention as one of the key avenues to improve the sustainability and resilience of global food systems.

In 2022, members of The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), which are present in nearly 50 countries worldwide, recovered enough food from loss or wastage to feed some 32 million people, and prevented 1.5 billion kilograms of CO2e from food waste, the equivalent of taking 336,000 passenger vehicles off the road for a year.


WHERE: Food Systems Pavilion (Zone B7, Building 89 – here), Blue Zone, Expo City, Dubai, and online (session livestreams available here).


WHEN: Friday, December 8, 2023. Event schedule here, and below:

The Methane Factor: The Role of Food Loss and Waste in Cutting Emissions

Hosts: The Global FoodBanking Network, The Global Methane Hub

Time: 9.30–10.30 +4 GMT

Unlocking Action: Policy Responses to Reduce Food Loss and Waste

Hosts: The Global FoodBanking Network, co-hosted by Danone

Time: 11.00–12.00 +4 GMT

Speed Dating for SDG12.3: How philanthropy can catalyse national action on food loss and waste?

Hosts: The Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) in partnership with WRI, Champions12.3, WRAP, ReFed, Bezos Earth Fund, IKEA Foundation and Roberston Foundation

Time: 12.30–13.30 +4 GMT

Roundtable on a Circular Food System

Hosts: The Global FoodBanking Network

Time: 14.00–15.00 +4 GMT

Securing the Global Food Supply Chain

Hosts: DP World in partnership with The Global Food Banking Network

Time: 15.30–16.30 +4 GMT

[Plenary] Sparking Big Ideas: Putting FLW Solutions on the Table

Hosts: The Global FoodBanking Network

Time: 17.00–18.00 +4 GMT

Making Connections: Mix-and-Mingle

Host: The Global FoodBanking Network

Time: 16:30 – 17:30 +4 GMT

Note: Open networking opportunity with leaders and experts in food transformation and food loss and waste.


WHO: The following spokespeople are available for interview/comments and are on-site at COP28:

  • Lisa Moon, President & CEO, The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), based in Chicago
  • Ana Catalina Suarez Peña, Strategy & Innovation Senior Director, The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), based in Colombia
  • Mariana Jiménez, Executive Director, Bancos de Alimentos de México (BAMX), based in Mexico




For further information on The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) at COP28, and for details on food loss and waste events, please visit the website here.

For more information or interview/comment requests, contact:

Michael Oko
Matthew Stafford
Vice President of Communications and Marketing, The Global FoodBanking Network (on-site from Dec. 2-Dec 11)
Marchmont Communications
+1 (202) 246-9269
+44 (778) 886-3692


About The Global FoodBanking Network

The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) supports community-led solutions to alleviate hunger in nearly 50 countries. While millions struggle to access enough safe and nutritious food, nearly a third of all food produced is lost or wasted. We’re changing that. We believe food banks directed by local leaders are key to achieving Zero Hunger and building resilient food systems. For more information, visit

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