Meet the SDG2 Hub Secretariat

With just over 10 years to 2030, everyone-- private sector, government, UN agencies and civil society-- must do their part if we are to achieve a sustainable future for all people and the planet. To this end, the SDG2 Advocacy Hub offers a new way of working that engages this diverse group of actors to share expertise and ideas to collaborate on shared campaigns and thus increase our overall impact as a community of influencers. 

With a team of three, the Secretariat supports the SDG2 Advocacy Hub community through day to day activities that aim to coordinate global campaigning and advocacy on SDG2. The SDG2 Hub’s calendaraction pagesnews pages and monthly newsletters help to amplify on-going SDG2 work and identify common areas of work between food, agriculture and nutrition for joint advocacy and action. Here's how to get the best out of this platform. 

Additionally, the SDG2 Hub works to introduce new, disruptive actors into the SDG2 space to engage wider audiences and effect greater change. One such actor thus far has been chefs through the Chefs’ Manifesto — a chef-led network that brings together 640+ chefs from around the world to explore how they can help deliver a sustainable food system that’s good for people and planet.  


As Director of the Secretariat, Paul Newnham leads the Secretariat in executing its agreed work plan, advocating on behalf of the SDG2 Hub and expanding its growing membership, and managing direction of the Secretariat day to day. Paul has 15 years experience at World Vision International where he was responsible for campaigning, advocacy, communications and youth mobilisation. He lead the way with a new and innovative approach to tackling and communicating issues connected to hunger, which had a focus on youth and livelihoods in East Africa. This approach sought to bridge the divide between programmes and mobilisation and was subsequently implemented in several countries. Paul is an expert at bringing people together and connecting dots.  He motivates and engages across silos to help bring people together. Get in touch with Paul:

📧:   twitter: @paulnewnham

Former Advocacy Intern turned Policy & Campaigning Officer (Nutrition), Rosie Cowper has a BA International Relations and Development from the University of Sussex and a MSc Public Health from the University of Sheffield. In the last two years at the SDG2 Hub Secretariat, Rosie has transitioned from Advocacy Intern to Team Support Coordinator to her current post as Policy & Campaigning Officer. In this role, Rosie helps to curate content showcasing SDG2 initiatives and campaigns and amplify this work through the SDG2 Advocacy Hub social media platforms. Rosie speaks English and Spanish. Get in touch with Rosie:


Prior to joining the SDG2 Advocacy Hub as a Communications Officer, Barbara Wachter worked at the grassroots foreign affairs think tank “foraus”, at the Swiss Mission to the UN, the Swiss Embassy in New Delhi, and as Research Assistant at the ETH Zurich. She holds a BA in Political Science, International Law and Farsi from the University of Zurich, and a MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics. In her role at the SDG2 Hub, Barbara supports the the Chefs’ Manifesto project and helps amplify SDG2 initiatives and campaigns through the Hub’s social media platforms. Barbara speaks English, German, French, Farsi and Spanish.