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United Nations Environment Programme and World Resources Institute


United Nations Environment Programme and World Resources Institute

to release paper: Reducing Food Loss and Waste

PORTLAND, OREGON/WASHINGTON, D.C. —Worldwide, about one-third of all food produced, worth around US$1 trillion, gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems. When this figure is converted to calories, this means that about 1 in 4 calories intended for human consumption is never actually eaten.

On the occasion of World Environment Day, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Resources Institute will release the second installment of the upcoming Creating a Sustainable Food Future report, entitled Reducing Food Loss and Waste. This working paper identifies ways of reducing food loss and food waste, and examines solutions from around the world – ranging from the methods of food storage employed by farmers in developing countries to the amenities offered in the cafeterias of American Universities.

WHAT: Press Conference launching UNEP and World Resources Institute paper on food loss and waste. Key findings will be presented, and a question and answer session will follow.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 5, 2013

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time

(1:30pm – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time)

The Press Conference will be preceded by a Portland City Council time certain at 9:30 a.m. City

Council will vote on a World Environment Day Proclamation and Mayor Charlie Hales will make

an announcement pertaining to World Environment Day.

WHERE: City Hall

Rose Room

1221 SW 4th Ave

Portland, Oregon 97204

WHO: Opening remarks by Amy Fraenkel, Director, UNEP Regional Office for North America

Remarks by City of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

Presentation of key findings by Brian Lipinski, lead author of the paper, World Resources Institute

Moderator: Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox, Head of Communications, UNEP Regional Office for North America

Call-in #: For Participants: Dial - (661) 673-8600

Enter Access Code - 297668#,

For more information about the World Resources Report and to download the paper, go to:

For more information, contact: Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox, Tel: (202) 812-2100; E-mail: or Michael Oko, Director of Strategic Communications and Media, WRI, Tel: (202) 729-7684; E-mail:

Linc Mann

 Public Information Officer

 Environmental Services

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000

Portland OR 97204

phone: 503-823-5328

cell: 503-823-8872

fax: 503-823-5228

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