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‘Climate action starts in the kitchen’, according to UN campaign

Famed chefs Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca have joined the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG Fund) to tackle climate change from a different perspective: sustainable cooking.

The brothers, who are UN Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassadors for the SDG Fund, are offering cooking challenges that invite social media users on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to submit sustainable recipes using the hashtag #Recipe4Change.

‘Food should not be a threat to sustainability, but a source of more sustainable development.

‘The beginning of the Paris Agreement also marks a new chapter for humanity and demonstrates that countries are serious about addressing climate change. More importantly, a greater understanding of climate change can be set in motion in our own communities and kitchens’


Sharing expertise

In early October, the Paris Agreement cleared the final threshold of 55 countries representing 55% of global emissions required for the accord to enter into effect.

To achieve the SDGs, there must be a greater awareness and understanding of how people’s food choices can impact sustainability, health and the environment.

Simple changes in cooking can contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; food sourcing, waste reduction and preparation can contribute to better food security and nutritional outcomes. The Roca brothers are eager to share their expertise, provide fresh approaches and offer advice on ‘more resilient food practices’.

The contest

As part of the #Recipe4Change contest, the Roca brothers are posing a series of monthly challenges and then selecting one winning recipe from each.

At the end of the contest, the Rocas will recognise a global winner among all of the recipes received during the contest.

The winner will spend a day with the chefs in their celebrated restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca in Spain, where they will have the opportunity to prepare the winning recipe in the Rocas’ kitchen and dine with the chefs.

Joan Roca

Cooking and the environment

Along with monthly sustainable food challenges, the Roca brothers are sharing regular tips and techniques to reduce the impact of cooking on the environment.

They’re offering best practice advice and ideas designed to mitigate climate change as well as cooking methods that reduce energy consumption and water usage and enhance food preservation.

‘Tackling climate change and achieving the SDGs should be a collective effort that involves governments, business, international organisations, but also citizens who can everyday make small but meaningful decisions in how they cook and what they eat.’

Director of the SDG Fund

Click here to find out more and to take on the #Recipe4Change challenge.

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