Italy: Queen Letizia of Spain named FAO's Special Ambassador on Nutrition

Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Queen Letizia of Spain was on Friday named FAO's Special Ambassador for Nutrition at a ceremony at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Headquarters in Rome.

The appointment is a recognition of both the Queen's personal commitment to a world free of hunger and malnutrition and the efforts made ​​by Spain to promote food and nutrition security worldwide, according to a statement from FAO.

It said the appointment also reflected the strong interest of the Queen for scientific research geared towards health, education and innovation.

In her new Special Ambassador position, Queen Letizia will engage in outreach activities to meet the global challenge of hunger and generate public support for its eradication.

"My job is to serve the objectives of the UN agency in the most efficient way possible," the Queen told representatives of Member States and organizations of FAO who came to Rome to take part in the Conference.

"Today we have the technical ability to produce healthy food in sufficient quantity to feed everyone. Therefore, we must focus on mobilizing wills," she said, and called for "collective action involving governments, private sector, civil society, and, of course, individuals".

"We need everyone on board," has she said.

The Queen of Spain also highlighted the absolute need to ensure good nutrition for pregnant and lactating women, infants and young children during the first years of their lives.

She added that the food industry should be involved in achieving these goals "in an active and responsible manner, helping to raise awareness of the need to help people lead a healthy and disease free life".

FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, said: "We are fully confident that Her Majesty will help those who most need to break the vicious circle of chronic hunger and malnutrition."

And Mr. Graziano da Silva added: "The elimination of hunger and malnutrition can and must be the greatest legacy we leave to mankind. Let's make it a reality."

According to the latest FAO assessment, the number of hungry people worldwide has been reduced by 216 million since 1990. However, some 795 million people still suffer from chronic hunger nowadays.

"At the same time, obesity rates are rising, mainly in middle and high income countries," noted the Director General. Children are particularly vulnerable to nutrition problems, he said.
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12 juin 2015 20:27:20




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