Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival has decided to commit to the UN Global Goal because we, as Denmark's most visited (and best, if we have to say so) food festival have a responsibility and a unique opportunity to highlight some of the issues around food and gastronomy.

For 2018 we have chosen two targets from goal 5: Gender Equality and goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. You can read more about our commitment here:

Food Waste - target 12.3

Danish households throw 260,000 tons of food each year. Retail 163,000 tons, hotels and restaurants 29,000 tons, institutions and large kitchens 31,000 tons, primary production 100,000 tons and food industry 133,000 tons. In total, we throw more than 700,000 tons of eatable food in Denmark (Ministry of Environment, Government's Strategy for Waste Prevention "Denmark without waste II")

Food waste is thus an area where both consumers, industry, production and gastronomy can make a huge difference by changing habits and ways of thinking. We want to focus on with our partners and organizers and we will therefore commit all our stakeholders to working with target 12.3:

‘By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses’

Gender Equality - target 5.5

There are many skilled women in gastronomy and food, but the industry is still at the leadership level highly influenced by men. Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival will work for increased gender equality in the food industry, especially gastronomy, by creating a platform for and visibility of the world's most skilled women. To do this we commit ourselves to working with target 5.5:

'Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decisionmaking in political, economic and public life'

Our goal is to have an even number of men and women among speakers, judges, chefs, etc., who are engaged in the festival’s own events. In addition, we will support events that focus on women, and will gather a group of the world's most talented women in food to discuss the issue and how to ensure more sustainable gender equality in the kitchens.