Italy: FAO urges global commitment to tackle world’s nutrition challenges

Rome, Italy (PANA) - The FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, on Wednesday called on countries to put nutrition high on their national and international agendas, and to take a lead role in the upcoming Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2).

The meeting will be jointly organized by the FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO) in November in Rome, according to press statement issued here by the organizers.

“ICN2 presents us with a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on nutrition. Let’s not lose this opportunity,” said Graziano da Silva during an address to the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

Despite some progress in the last 20 years, over 840 million people are still undernourished and 151 million children suffer from stunting, they said, indicating that in addition, about two billion people – over 30 percent of the global population – experience the ‘hidden hunger’ of micronutrient deficiencies, while at the same time, obesity rates are rising rapidly.

Graziano da Silva urged governments to “ensure that different voices are heard” in the debate, underlining the benefits of multi-stakeholder participation in the debate on nutrition.

He stressed that while governments have the final say on the policy matters at stake, non-state actors had important contributions to make.

“We believe that multi-stakeholder participation contributes to the debate, strengthens our decisions, and helps generate the political consensus needed to push the nutrition agenda forward, including for the implementation of the Framework for Action we wish to see adopted in November,” explained Graziano da Silva.

Set to take place in Rome 19-21 November, the ICN2 will be the first global intergovernmental conference to address the world’s nutrition problems in the 21st century. It is co-organized by the FAO and WHO with other UN and international organizations.

Heads of state and government, other dignitaries and leaders have been invited to the high-level conference. Pope Francis I has already confirmed his participation.
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