FAO: "All of us are responsible for transforming the #ICN2 outcome documents into improved nutrition results."

Live from the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (#ICN2) in Rome: Day 3

By Shane STARLING contact

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Stakeholders have agreed targets for better nutrition, food security and civil rights as set out in the Rome Declaration on Nutrition which has been released this week
Stakeholders have agreed targets for better nutrition, food security and civil rights as set out in the Rome Declaration on Nutrition which has been released this week
It’s the last the day of the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition in Rome. The Pope and the Queen of Spain were among global leaders to address the congress yesterday, urging real change to better protect the earth’s ecosystem and feed its inhabitants.

The multi-stakeholder dialogue, debate and networking continues today as policy makers, nutritionists, NGOs and other parties come together defeat the plague of over and under nutrition that affects 2 billion people in the world.

Click here for a textual and audio-visual archive of delegate presentations from Germany, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Madagascar, Honduras, Angola, Austria, Malawi, Nepal, Swaziland, Ireland, Samoa, Ghana, Niger, Ukraine, Mozambique, Japan, Nigeria, Somalia, Moldova, Gambia, Georgia, Uganda, Lebanon, Portugal, the Philippines, Ecuador, Oman, Latvia, Myanmar, Bahrain, Norway, Trinidad and Tobago, South Korea, Djibouti, Nicaragua, Mali, Tajikistan, Zambia, Liberia, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Romania and more.

As the congress comes to a close, actors from industry players to government officials to small-hold farmers move to fulfill the commitments for real change in areas like women's rights, childhood nutrition and food security.

An assessment of the major problems including childhood stunting, hunger, obesity and micronutrient deficiencies as well as global aims and targets have been established in the Rome Declaration on Nutrition​ published this week along with a 60-point Framework for Action.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) director General José Graziano da Silva has directly called out the private sector as an important cog in the wheel of change.

"It must be done in dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders including representatives of the private sector,"​ he told the congress. "All of us are responsible for transforming the ICN2 outcome documents into improved nutrition results."

He added today: “Malnutrition is the number one cause of disease in the world. If hunger were a contagious disease, we would have already cured it.”

“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.” 

See below for our live blog of reactions to the day's events plus links to the previous two days...

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