Civil society preparing for international nutrition conference in Rome

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Civil society groups working on food and nutrition related issues are meeting in Rome, Italy to prepare for the first intergovernmental conference to address the world's nutrition problems in the 21st century.

The two-day preparatory event starting on Monday will feed into the Second International Nutrition Conference (ICN2) taking place from 19-21 November at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Co-organized with the World Health Organization (WHO), ICN2 will bring together relevant ministries, agencies, and organizations to identify priorities for enhanced international cooperation on nutrition.

According to FAO, the global economy, food systems and the nutritional status of populations have changed significantly since the first global conference on nutrition in1992.

The agency says a new policy framework and more appropriate responses are needed, with now more than half the world's population affected by malnutrition.

Civil society organizations will together be discussing what is at stake in their respective countries and regions.

They are also expected to study outcome documents to be endorsed at the conference, which will reportedly bind countries to take ten steps to translate their commitments for nutrition into action.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations, Rome.

 

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