8 June 2023

Food Systems Summit Coalition and USP2030 Working Group on Social Protection and Food Systems Transformation; UN Food Systems Coordination Hub

Oceans cover 70 per cent of the world’s surface and contain 80 per cent of all life (UN, 2022). 40 per cent of the population live 100km from the coast and the ocean provides 3.1 billion of them with their primary source of protein (UN, 2017). Despite the challenges marine food systems face, they receive little attention compared to terrestrial environmental issues and food systems. However, broken marine food systems and disrupted aquatic environments have severe implications for human development. This session explored how social protection can foster links to aquatic systems. Blue food systems transformation can only be achieved through policy coherence that brings environmental sustainability and socioeconomic well-being together. The session discussed how social protection can encourage an inclusive blue economy by supporting resilient marine and coastal ecosystems and vulnerable people who depend on them by providing transfers, implementing compensatory payments, improving access to social protection schemes, and implementing labour market programmes. 


  • Guy Standing, Professorial Research Associate, SOAS University of London
  • Jose Luis Chicoma, Former Minister of Production of Peru
  • Daniela Kalikoski, Fishery Officer, FAO
  • Mario E. Rueda,Coordinador Programa Valoración y Aprovechamiento de Recursos Marinos y Costeros, Colombia


  • Juan Gonzalo Jaramillo Mejia, Social Protection Programme Policy Officer, WFP
  • Stefán Jón Hafstein, Special Envoy on Ocean Affairs, Interim Blue Food Coalition Chair

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Attendees: 58


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