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Working With Germany’s Retail Sector to Reduce Food Waste

SCP-Centre - 14. November 2019 - 10:32

The CSCP continues supporting actors along the food value chain to reduce food waste. In Autumn 2019 we started the moderation and facilitation of the “National Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail Industry” – referred to as handelsforumRLV – , thereby supporting the Federal Government’s National Strategy for Reducing Food Waste.

On 6 November 2019 the Federal Agriculture Minister, Julia Klöckner, inaugurated the “National Dialog Forum for the Reduction of Food Waste” in Berlin. This included awarding the CSCP and its project partner, the Thünen Institute with the implementation of the sectoral Dialogue Forum for Wholesale and Retail. CSCP Project Managers Nora Brüggemann and Patrik Eisenhauer received the award and will be managing and moderating the forum over the next three years.

Nora Brüggemann thanked the Federal Minister on the day and stated: “ We – from the CSCP and the Thünen Institute – are looking forward to the upcoming task, and particularly to the cooperation with retailers and wholesalers to reduce food waste in Germany. We gladly build upon our findings and preliminary work from the European REFRESH project. An exciting time lies ahead of us: By designing the process moderation and by actively involving forum participants to enable co-creation, we are optimistic about contributing to the implementation of the National Strategy.”

The National Strategy for Reducing Food Waste was published in February 2019 by the Federal Government to jointly implement effective measures to achieve the necessary significant reduction of food waste along the entire food supply chain. This is a task for society as a whole. To implement the National Strategy, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is setting up the National Dialogue, to which different sectoral fora – including the one on wholesale and retail – contribute.

The importance of wholesale and retail to reduce food waste

Wholesale and retail are accorded special importance with regard to the reduction of food waste: on the one hand, companies can continue to exploit existing optimisation potential in their own companies and markets. On the other hand, as a direct “bridge to the consumer” and as an interface to food production, retailers can work in both directions towards improvements and promote the appreciation and a more responsible handling of food in society.

The German retail sector supplies food to 82 million people in the country via its nationwide branch network of more than 37,000 shops, as well as via its newer online channels. Retailers want to live up to their responsibility and actively utilise existing potential for improvement in their own companies and markets.

Our aim is to make the process fair, transparent and participative. That is why the CSCP invites representatives of the German wholesale and retail sector to work together in the newly created Dialogue Forum for Wholesale and Retail.

In collaboration with our project partner Thünen Institut, we will present and discuss positive examples from Germany and abroad in order to jointly implement innovative demonstration projects. We want to address conflicting goals and discuss concrete possibilities of how to reduce food waste in and with trade. In addition, we want to shed light on data collection processes and jointly develop and adopt a voluntary sectoral agreement with concrete reduction targets.

For further questions, please contact Nora Brüggemann.

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Civil society reflections on Beijing+25 in the UNECE Region: Opening Statement, Art Exhibition, and Livestreams

Women - 13. November 2019 - 19:41
Civil society reflections on Beijing+25 in the UNECE Region: Opening Statement, Art Exhibition, and Livestreams Opening statement: civil society reflections on Beijing+25 in the UNECE Region

Opening session: intervention
Beijing+25 – UNECE Regional Review Meeting
29 October 2019

“My name is İlayda Eskitaşçıoğlu and I am a 26 year old lawyer and a PhD student at Koç University in İstanbul researching International Human Rights Law. I am also a member of the Beijing+25 Global Youth Task Force, and today I am speaking on behalf of the Women’s Major Group.

This opening speech has been prepared collectively with other young feminists like myself, and informed by more than 410 civil society members from 45 countries in the region.

I am grateful that they have given me, a young feminist, the floor to deliver this message. I was a 2 year-old baby when the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was adopted, yet it continues to be the most progressive blueprint for achieving gender equality and advancing the rights of all women to date. However, almost 25 years have passed and we are still miles away from fully realizing the commitments made in 1995.

In fact, we face critical challenges today that threaten to roll-back the many achievements we have gained and continue to live in a world in which patriarchy, sexism, capitalism, ageism, racism, heteronormativity, and xenophobia drive women’s oppression and inequality. We face a climate crisis that, if not dealt with right now, will leave us all with no future to speak of.

Having said this I would like to share with you some of the key messages that we retained from the Civil Society Forum that took place yesterday. (28 October 2019)”


You can endorse the statement up until 29 November 2019. We will publish the endorsing organisation on this page on 30 November 2019. Endorse the statement here.


İlayda Eskitaşçıoğlu (Beijing +25 Global Youth Task Force), Emma Rainey (Young Feminist Europe), Xenia Kellner (Young Feminist Europe), Luíza Drummond Veado (OutRight Action International), Rashima Kwatra (RFSL – The Swedish Federation for LGBTIQ Rights), Pip Gardner (Beijing +25 Global Youth Task Force), Elisabeth Keuten (Beijing +25 Global Youth Task Force), Hanna Gunnarsson (Women Engage for a Common Future), Sanne Van de Voort (Women Engage for a Common Future)

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A vision, and a voice, for how we work together to achieve the 2030 Agenda

Effective Co-operation - 13. November 2019 - 19:24

On 14-16 October, the Co-Chairs of the Global Partnership – Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Switzerland, and the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness – came together in Bern, Switzerland to begin the process of elaborating a new work programme for the Global Partnership. Earlier this week, a ‘draft strategy paper’, summarizing those deliberations, and articulating a proposal for a new approach going forward, was sent to the Steering Committee for consultations ahead of its next meeting in December, in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Here we look at the basic structure of the paper, and then consider some of the key ideas driving this approach.

The first work programme, an initiative led by the then-Co-Chairs – Bangladesh, with Germany and Uganda – brought a clear intent to the work of the Global Partnership, and guided its work following the Second High-Level Meeting in Nairobi, up to the 2019 Senior Level Meeting in New York. It remained rooted in the effectiveness principles that define the Partnership, but also set out a clear direction of travel, with new priorities from private-sector engagement to concerted work at the country level on implementing the effectiveness principles at country level.

The draft strategy paper for the next work programme, seeks to build on this work, but also charts its own path. The proposed approach is built on three priority areas:

  • Accelerating implementation of the 2030 Agenda;
  • Building better partnerships; and,
  • Leveraging monitoring results for action,
  • Complemented by a concerted area of work around a review and evaluation of the Global Partnership, and how it helps drive development effectiveness.

Driving this broad approach, we can point to three key ideas:

All about 2030: Locating effectiveness within the context of the 2030 Agenda, whether through better understanding its impact on different SDGs, or assembling a whole-of-society effort for the coming ‘decade of action’, is essential. This is the shared framework for success, this is the space where governments, civil society, companies, unions, and others, based on common goals, can work together to fight poverty, improve lives, and share their experiences on what they have achieved and how.

Finding a voice for reaching out: Different partners will bring different perspectives with them, and different strengths. But each will be drawn to the Global Partnership by a shared voice, that can articulate with clarity and confidence the value of effectiveness: principles for building the more equal, empowered, and inclusive partnerships that will allow us to achieve sustainable development.

Data – only as useful as the action it informs: Without data, we cannot distinguish good policy from less effective policy. But without acting on that data, we will not change anything. Supporting efforts to respond to monitoring results will be essential to remaining a relevant forum for our collective development efforts. And it will be equally important for beginning to understand the kind of policy recommendations that will drive progress. Underlining this commitment to an ethos of learning is Co-Chairs’ proposal for a review and evaluation process for the Global Partnership: so we can be confident the Partnership is doing its best to work toward 2030.

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