GDP Bulletin November / December 2023

P2DNZ to Take Spotlight at COP28

GDP is reporting on the progress of Pathways to Dairy Net Zero (P2DNZ) at COP28 and how the global climate initiative is achieving positive results in many regions and accelerating action in others. GDP will be telling dairy’s sustainability story throughout the two-week meeting with representatives speaking at over 10 events. GDP has a large delegation at COP28, including GDP’s Chair, Miles Hurrell; Deputy Chair, Hanne Søndergaard; and Board Member Jay Waldvogel.

P2DNZ is backed by more than 200 leading organizations and governments, including the 10 largest dairy companies in the world. Collectively, supporters represent more than 40% of global dairy production throughout the supply chain, making it one of the largest initiatives of its kind in agriculture.

Click the link below to familiarize yourself with GDP’s activity at COP28.

Global CEOs and Dairy Sector Executives Attended NOURISH 2023

Dairy sector leaders from across the globe joined GDP in Chicago for NOURISH 2023, an exclusive conference for international dairy company CEOs, senior executives and opinion leaders to discuss the health of people and the planet. Held at the Loews Hotel on October 12-13, the agenda inspired and encouraged leaders to seek ways to raise the sector’s climate ambitions while continuing to provide nutritious foods for six billion people and livelihoods for one billion.

The event, sponsored by CoBank, included keynote speakers Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, United States Department of Agriculture; and Catherine Bertini, World Food Prize Laureate and former Executive Director, World Food Programme.

NOURISH 2023 keynote speaker Robert Bonnie
Keynote speaker Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, USDA, spoke on agriculture and food system innovation for climate action, giving an inside look at the issue from a policymaker’s point of view.

Global Dairy Platform Members Meet for 2023 Annual Meeting in Chicago

Members from across the globe attended GDP’s 2023 Annual Meeting on Saturday, Oct. 14. The meeting was held at the Hyatt McCormick Place, with a virtual attendance option also available.  The agenda included expert speakers from the World Resources Institute, the Riddet Institute, Arla Foods, Fonterra Co-operative Group, Dairy Farmers of America and more.

The meeting was followed by the DSF Annual Meeting on October 14 and the IDF World Dairy Summit October 16 – 19, also in Chicago.

GDP Annual Meeting

Important Dates for the Dairy Diary

November 30-December 12


April 7-9

GDP/IMP Marketing Meeting
Miami, FL, USA

October 14

GDP Annual Meeting

October 14

DSF Annual Meeting

October 15 – 18

IDF World Dairy Summit

October 16-17


November 11-24

Location TBD

Dairy Sector – A Snapshot


1 billion people strong


600 million people living on farms


400 million additional people are supported by the full time jobs that are created in support of dairy farming


240 million people are employed, directly or indirectly, in the dairy sector


133 million dairy farms


37 million farms led by women, 80 million women employed in dairying

GDP Bulletin November / December 2023

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