Posted by: ihfgeneva | October 7, 2014

Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2): better nutrition, better lives

Member State delegations of FAO and WHO invited representatives of UN entities, other intergovernmental organizations and Non-State actors in existing relations with FAO and official relations with WHO, to participate as observers at the Open-Ended Working Group for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). The meeting, held 22-23 September 2014 at WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland, had as objective approval of the final draft of the Political Declaration and the formulation of recommendations and finalization of the Framework for Action for adoption at ICN2. The IHF was represented by Sheila Anazonwu, Partnerships and Project Manager.

ICN2 ImageThe Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), to be held in Rome, Italy from 19 to 21 November 2014, with participation of Heads of State and Government, will be jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The Conference will focus on how to address major nutrition challenges over the coming decades, identify public policy priorities at the national and global levels to address under-nutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and over-weight with a view to achieving the global nutrition targets by 2025.

This will be the first high-level intergovernmental conference on nutrition since the First International Conference on Nutrition organized by FAO and WHO in 1992, which resulted in a World Declaration and Plan of Action for Nutrition, that called on national leaders to develop National Plans of Action for Nutrition and establish institutional infrastructure to implement the plans.

The world in failing, over the past decade, to tackle malnutrition, has resulted in it becoming one of the world’s most serious but least addressed health problems and a significant contributor to child mortality. Nearly one-third of children in developing countries are either underweight or stunted, and more than 30% of people living in developing countries suffer from micronutrient deficiencies.

The new dimension which has emerged to the malnutrition problem is the epidemic of obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in developed countries, which has spread to developing countries. Many poorer countries have started to suffer from a double burden of under-nutrition and obesity.

These developments have led the international community to call on Heads of State and Government to agree on a new global framework to adequately address major nutrition challenges over the coming decades at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2).

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