Press Releases Launch of UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2024 on International Day of Zero Waste 

Launch of UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2024 on International Day of Zero Waste 

To mark the second annual International Day of Zero Waste, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will launch its Food Waste Index Report 2024 on 27 March 2024. The report provides the latest global estimates on food waste, occurring at retail and consumer level. Addressing food waste is an important facet of embracing zero waste and tackling the climate crisis. Leading experts on food waste will highlight the report’s findings and recommendations.

Date: Wednesday, 27 March 2024
Time: 15:30 EAT / 12:30 GMT / 13:30 CET
Venue: Register for Online Participation:


  • Dechen Tsering – Acting Director, Climate Change Division, UNEP
  • Clementine O’Connor – Report Lead, UNEP
  • Richard Swannell, Report Lead, WRAP
  • Adalberto Maluf, Secretary of Urban Environment, Ministry of Environment, Brazil
  • Thembelihle Ndukwana, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa
  • Hodayah Finman, Deputy Director, Office of International Affairs, US EPA
  • Alwin Kopse, Head of International Affairs and Food Systems, Federal Office of Agriculture of Switzerland

To receive the full report and press release under embargo ahead of the launch, or to request interviews, please contact UNEP News and Media Unit ( 

Please Note: Documents shared upon request are under strict embargo until 15:30 EAT / 12:30 GMT / 13:30 CET Wednesday, 27 March 2024 and may undergo minor changes before official publication.


UNEP, as custodian of the SDG 12.3 food waste indicator, publishes a triennial report tracking country-level progress to halve food waste by 2030. First published in 2021, the initial report demonstrated that household food waste is a global challenge, not limited to high-income countries.

The International Day of Zero Waste promotes responsible production and consumption patterns and encourages a shift towards a lifecycle approach. This ensures that no materials or resources go to waste, enabling society to recognize waste as a resource

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