Yesterday, Princess Marie was in Washington D.C to meet the World Resources Institute’s board to talk about Denmark’s fight against food waste.
While in Washington D.C, Princess Marie met WRI’s President and CEO Andrew Steeler as well as the senior leadership, along with the Minister of Food and Environment Esben Lunde Larsen and the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Danish Embassy in Washington. The purpose of this important meeting was to exchange ideas on how to address global issues such as food waste and sustainability. Esben Lunde Larsen also shared Danish perspectives on these issues during a Q&A session with WRI staff.
This meeting was also the occasion to discuss the progress of Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals (P4G) which was created during last year’s United Nations General Assembly. The programme is led by several countries including Denmark and Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Denmark’s Prime Minister, helped launch it. It aims to foster innovative public-private partnerships to accelerate progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). WRI hosts the P4G secretariat.
The WRI also collaborated with Denmark on the Food Loss and Waste Protocol, the global standard for measuring and reducing food loss and waste. The protocol is now being adopted by leading food companies and governments to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which aims to cut food loss and waste by half by 2030.
The World Resources Institute (WRI) is “a global research organisation that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States. Our more than 700 experts and staff turn big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being.” It was established in 1982.
After the meeting, Princess Marie attended a dinner at the Danish Embassy in Washington D.C. This is Princess Marie’s first official trip to America’s capital of Washington D.C. This visit and this meeting could be the start of an even bigger initiative about food waste by Denmark and with the support of Princess Marie, but nothing has been confirmed yet.