UN: FAO/WHO conference moves to eradicate malnutrition, hunger

New York, US (PANA) - In a move hailed as a renewed global momentum to end hunger, leaders from over 170 countries who attended a UN nutrition conference, which concluded on Friday, pledged to establish national policies aimed at eradicating malnutrition in all its forms, from hunger to obesity, and transform food systems to make nutritious diets available to all.

The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and held at its headquarters in Rome, Italy, brought together over 2,200 participants, including 100 ministers and vice ministers, 150 representatives from civil society and nearly 100 from the business community.

The three-day summit opened with governments adopting the Rome Declaration on Nutrition, along with a "Framework for Action" that gives recommendations for national policy-makers to combat malnutrition and put healthy diets and environmental sustainability at the centre of food, from farm to fork.

A UN statement obtained by PANA in New York on Saturday quoted FAO Director-General Jose
Graziano da Silva as saying malnutrition is the number one cause of disease in the world.

"This Conference on nutrition is the beginning of our renewed effort. It will be acknowledged for having brought nutrition into the public sphere, making it a public, not a private, good," he said.

To support governments in transforming commitments into concrete actions, FAO established
the "Action for Nutrition Trust Fund'' to mobilise resources for programmes and projects that foster enabling environments for nutrition, promote sustainable food systems and nutrition-enhancing trade, increase nutrition information, improve food safety and make nutrition part of stronger social safety nets.

To ensure accountability post-ICN2, the fund will also help countries build robust mechanism to
monitor progress on their nutrition commitments.
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