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Media Conference on the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) - Rome, Italy - 12 June 2014


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The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), an inclusive inter-governmental meeting on nutrition jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health …

The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), an inclusive inter-governmental meeting on nutrition jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), will be held at FAO Headquarters, in Rome, 19-21 November 2014.
Notwithstanding progress in many countries, unacceptably high levels of malnutrition persist. As global problems require global solutions, only an intergovernmental conference can legitimately identify the commitments of stakeholders to act decisively to address malnutrition.

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  • It is these stark reminders of the impact of poor nutrition on the quality of life that spurs us to call for greater investment in nutrition and in people-centred development.

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    • 1. The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) Secretariat Media Conference Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome 12 June 2014 ICN2 Website:
    • 2. Current nutrition situation • 22 years later, progress in reducing hunger, malnutrition unacceptably slow  842 m people undernourished in 2011-13  About 45% of 6.9 m child deaths linked to malnutrition  162 m children stunted due to chronic malnutrition  99 m children underweight  2 bn people affected by micronutrient deficiencies  500 m adults obese
    • 3. Why improve nutrition? Malnutrition  Greatly impedes fulfillment of human potential  Slows development  Burdens national health and fiscal systems  Weakens economic, social and cultural fabric of nations Improving nutrition not only moral imperative, but also  Improves productivity, economic growth  Reduces health care costs  Promotes education, intellectual capacity, social development
    • 4. Why ICN2? Rationale for the Conference  Unacceptably high and persistent levels of malnutrition  Global problems require global solutions  Coordinated multi-sectoral actions required  Galvanize national, international cooperation, coordination to improve nutrition  Raise nutrition higher on development agenda
    • 5. Scope  global in perspective, with focus on nutrition challenges in developing countries  seek to improve nutrition throughout the lifecycle, especially of women, infants and young children  address all forms of malnutrition, with focus on the poorest, most food insecure and vulnerable households -- undernutrition (dietary energy, micronutrients) -- diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
    • 6. Purpose  review progress since 1992, as well as new challenges and opportunities for improving nutrition  bring food, agriculture, health, education, other sectors together  align sectoral policies to improve nutrition outcomes  propose flexible policy options and institutional frameworks to address major nutrition challenges  promote greater political and policy coherence, alignment, coordination and cooperation  mobilize political will and resources to improve nutrition  identify priorities for international cooperation on nutrition in near and medium-term
    • 7. ICN2 At FAO HQ, Rome, 19-21 November 2014 • Jointly organized by  Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)  World Health Organization (WHO) • In collaboration with  International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)  International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)  Secretary-General’s High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis (HLTF)  United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO)  United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)  World Bank  World Food Programme (WFP)  World Trade Organization (WTO)
    • 8. Participants  Heads of State, Government leaders, other dignitaries  High-level representatives from agriculture, health, foreign affairs, other relevant ministries, agencies  Parliamentarians, legislators  Leaders of UN agencies, other inter-governmental organizations  Policy-makers, advisors, researchers, development experts  Representatives from private sector, civil society, consumer associations, producer organizations
    • 9. Side Events 1. Targets and accountability for nutrition and the Post- 2015 development agenda 2. Global Nutrition Report and Global Hunger Index 3. SUN Movement and accountability for nutrition 4. Agricultural policies and food systems for improved nutrition 5. Efforts to reduce stunting 6. Addressing obesity 7. Social protection and nutrition 8. Zero Hunger Challenge 9. Food Safety
    • 10. Political declaration – commitment to more effective and coordinated actions to improve nutrition Framework for Action – Technical guide to implementation Expected Outcomes
    • 11. More coherent national actions Better international, especially inter- governmental cooperation Nutrition-enhancing food systems Contribute to Post-2015 Development Agenda, Zero Hunger Challenge, Expo Milan 2015 Expected Impacts
    • 12. Thank you ICN2 Website:
    • 13. Joint FAO/WHO 1992 ICN  Adoption of World Declaration and Plan of Action for Nutrition  Participation of 159 countries + EU  Pledged to eliminate or substantially reduce : •- starvation and famine •- widespread chronic hunger •- undernutrition, especially among children, women, aged •- micronutrient deficiencies, especially iron, iodine, vitamin A •- diet related communicable and non-communicable disease •- impediments to optimal breast-feeding •- poor sanitation, hygiene, unsafe drinking water  Outcome: NPANs showing country priorities and strategies for alleviating hunger and malnutrition