United Nations General Assembly invites UNESCO and FAO to promote sustainable gastronomy

30 November 2016

New York: On 23 November, the United Nations General Assembly adopted with consensus its resolution “Sustainable Gastronomy Day” (A/C.2/71/L.28/Rev.1).

Through the adoption of this resolution, co-authored by Peru and 37 member states, the international community designated 18 June as Sustainable Gastronomy Day.

The decision acknowledges gastronomy as a cultural expression related to the natural and cultural diversity of the world. It also reaffirms that all cultures and civilizations are contributors and crucial enablers of sustainable development.

Member states agreed that sustainable gastronomy can play a role due to its interlinkages with the three dimensions of sustainable development, in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, including by promoting agricultural development, food security, nutrition, sustainable food production and the conservation of biodiversity.

In order to raise public awareness of Sustainable Gastronomy Day’s contribution to sustainable development, all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations, civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, are invited to observe it in an appropriate manner and in accordance with national priorities.

The resolution invites UNESCO and FAO to facilitate the observance of Sustainable Gastronomy Day in collaboration with other relevant organizations of the United Nations system, and stresses that the cost of all activities that may arise from the implementation of the present resolution should be met from voluntary contributions.

Document: UN General Assembly Resolution A/C.2/71/L.28/Rev.1