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Worldchefs to Host a Virtual Side-Event at UN Ocean Conference

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20th June 2022

Worldchefs to Host a Virtual Side-Event at UN Ocean Conference

  • Worldchefs has been granted special accreditation to host a virtual side-event as part of the UN Ocean Conference. Co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, the UN Ocean Conference comes at a critical time as the world is seeking to address many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic. To mobilize action, the Conference will seek to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.
  • The 28 June side-event will explore how hospitality professionals can promote sustainable seafood consumption. Entitled Solutions for Food Services: Sustainable Seafood Consumption, the 30-minute expert-led discussion will cover topics around ocean pollution, overfishing, and non-sustainable aquaculture from the perspective of chefs. Free registration and more information on the event are available at https://worldchefs.org/event/sustainability-around-the-world-20/.
  • Worldchefs Feed the Planet initiative promotes Goal 14 through various projects, notably Sustainability Education for Culinary Professionals, with a dedicated module on Seafood. The free e-learning course is recently launched on Worldchefs Academy, powered by Electrolux Food Foundation and Custom Culinary: https://worldchefsacademy.com/.

Paris, 21 of June 2022 – Worldchefs has been granted special accreditation to host a virtual side-event as part of the UN Ocean Conference. The hybrid Conference, 27 June to 1 July in Lisbon, Portugal, is organized under the overarching theme “Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: stocktaking, partnerships and solutions.” Co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, the UN Ocean Conference comes at a critical time as the world is seeking to address many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and which will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN Ocean Conference
UN Ocean Conference

Human activities are placing the health of the ocean in peril. According to the World Meteorological Organization’s State of the Global Climate in 2021 report, sea level rise, ocean heat, ocean acidification and greenhouse gas concentrations set new records in 2021. Additionally, marine pollution is increasing at an alarming rate, and if current trends continue, more than half of the world’s marine species may be all but extinct by 2100. To mobilize action, the Conference will seek to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.

Coinciding with the 20th episode of the Sustainability Around the World webcast, Worldchefs’ 28 June side-event will explore how hospitality professionals can promote sustainable seafood consumption. Entitled Solutions for Food Services: Sustainable Seafood Consumption, the 30-minute expert-led discussion will cover topics around ocean pollution, overfishing, and non-sustainable aquaculture from the perspective of chefs. Sheila Bowman, Seafood Watch Manager of Culinary Initiatives at Monterey Bay Aquarium, will share insights on her team’s research and its potential use for culinary professionals. Registration is free and open at https://worldchefs.org/event/sustainability-around-the-world-20/.

UN Ocean Conference
UN Ocean Conference

Sustainability Around the World is part of Worldchefs Feed the Planet initiative, inspiring sustainable food consumption among communities and culinary professionals. Founded by Worldchefs, Feed the Planet is run in partnership with Electrolux Food Foundation and AIESEC. Feed the Planet promotes the SDGs through various projects, and Goal 14 most notably through the Sustainability Education for Culinary Professionals online course and curriculum, with a dedicated module on Seafood. The free e-learning course was recently launched on Worldchefs Academy, powered by Electrolux Food Foundation and Custom Culinary: https://worldchefsacademy.com/.

“Producing sustainable, nutritious foods and fighting climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and chefs have an important role to play,” says Worldchefs President, Thomas Gugler. “We at Worldchefs believe that chefs have the power to make a real impact in their communities, and that ‘the power of the white jacket’ can help to change the way people eat, think, and share. We are honored to participate in the UN Oceans Conference to help mobilize action towards SDG 14.”

More information on the UN Ocean Conference is available at www.un.org/en/conferences/ocean2022.

For live updates, follow @worldchefs on Instagram and @WACSworldchefs on Twitter and Facebook, and follow the Conference hashtags #SaveOurOcean and #UNOC2022.

Photo credit: Joanna Smart, World Ocean Day Competition 2020

Banner photo credit: Beth Watson, World Ocean Day Competition 2016

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ABOUT WORLDCHEFS

The World Association of Chefs’ Societies, known as Worldchefs, is a federation made up of 110 national chef associations. A leading voice in the hospitality industry, Worldchefs carries years of history since its founding in 1928 at the Sorbonne by the venerable Auguste Escoffier. Representing a mobilized international membership of culinary professionals, Worldchefs is committed to advancing the profession and leveraging the influence of the chef jacket for the betterment of the industry and humanity at large.

Worldchefs is dedicated to raising culinary standards and social awareness through these core focus areas:

Education – Worldchefs offers support for education and professional development through the landmark Worldchefs Academy online training program, a diverse network of Worldchefs Education Partners and curriculum, and the world’s first Global Hospitality Certification recognizing on-the-job skills in hospitality; 

Networking – Worldchefs connects culinary professionals around the world through their online community platform and provides a gateway for industry networking opportunities through endorsed events and the biennial Worldchefs Congress & Expo;

Competition – Worldchefs sets global standards for competition rules, provides Competition Seminars and assurance of Worldchefs Certified Judges, and operates the prestigious Global Chefs Challenge;

Humanitarianism & Sustainability – Worldchefs Feed the Planet and World Chefs Without Borders programs relieve food poverty, deliver crisis support, and promote sustainability across the globe.

For more information about Worldchefs, visit us at www.worldchefs.org.

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