Global interest in the new Nordic Nutrition Recommendations – here are the speakers for the launch

09.06.23 | News
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The launch of the new Nordic Nutrition Recommendations on 20 June is an event of international interest. The United Nations (UN), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), will be participating as speakers at the launch event in Iceland.

This is the sixth edition of the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations, which will be launched on 20 June.

The recommendations are based on the latest research on nutrients, foods and their effect on health.

This time the report brings significant added value to the field of health and nutrition as for the first time the Nordics will present scientific recommendations not only about which food is good for our health, but also about what’s good for the environment.

"Sustainable food must be accessible for all"

- We welcome the efforts of the Nordics to develop new science-based dietary guidance with both public and environmental health in mind, and encourage other countries to shape guidelines for healthy and sustainable diets which fit their own contexts, says Joao Campari, Global Food Practice Leader, WWF. 

- Of course, guidelines must be accompanied by changes in food environments, to ensure that healthy and sustainable food is widely available, accessible and affordable for all citizens, he says. 

The best available science

The Nordic Nutrition Recommendations are a unique regional co-operation and a leading and internationally acclaimed scientific compilation for healthy diets.

The recommendations are updated around every ten years to present the best available science.

- The Nordic Nutrition Recommendations is an important scientific basis for promoting healthy dietary habits and changing the food system in Denmark. The integration of health and sustainability will strengthen the foundation for our work with dietary guidelines recommending a plant-rich diet. We are very excited to see the new recommendations, says Anne Pøhl Enevoldsen, Head of Division, Sustainable diet and health, The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration 

WHO, the US and EU are awaiting the new edition

With the launch of the new recommendations, the Nordic food and health authorities stand ready to prepare their national food-based dietary guidelines based on scientific advice.

The WHO and the health authorities of the EU, the US, Canada, Japan, and Australia are among others eagerly awaiting the updated edition.   


International speakers

The level of international interest is reflected in the programme for the launch, which takes place from 16:00 to 17:30 (CEST) on 20 June.

These are the speakers: 

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO) (pre-recorded message) 

Svandís Svavarsdóttir, Iceland’s Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries 

Stefanos Fotiou, Director, UN Food Systems Coordination Hub, and FAO Office of Sustainable Development Goals 

Joao Campari, Global Food Practice Leader, World Wide Fund for Nature  (WWF) 

Rune Blomhoff, Professor, Oslo University and Project Leader of the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations 2023 

Karen Ellemann, Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers 

Ola Elvestuen, Chairperson, Committee for a Sustainable Nordic Region, Nordic Council 

Anne Pøhl Enevoldsen, Head of Division, Sustainable diet and health, Danish Veterinary and Food Administration 

Dr Amanda Wood, Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre  


Information for the press

The launch event will be preceded by a press conference from 10:00 to 10:45 (CEST) and a research seminar from 11:00 to 13:00. The entire programme can be followed online. The press conference is open to both digital participation and attendance in person.  

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