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Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)

19-21 November 2014 | UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, Rome, Italy

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ICN2 opened in Rome, Italy, on Wednesday morning, 19 November, with statements from Paolo Gentiloni, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, who said that those suffering from hunger had decreased from one billion in 1992 to just over 805 million today. Via video message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon provided assurances that the UN system was ready to support the ICN2 outcomes. He said that since the Zero Hunger Challenge was announced, regions around the world have committed to eliminate hunger by 2025.

Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO, said environmental policy must be an integral part of the ICN2 discussions, warned that obesity problems would significantly increase health care costs, and announced that World Health Day 2015 would focus on food safety.

José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, FAO, said that enough food existing for everyone to eat adequately does not necessarily translate into healthy nutrition, and hoped targets would be announced at ICN2 that go beyond what has already been agreed.

Ignazio Marino, Mayor of Rome, emphasized the importance of family farming and the role of small family farms, which support sustainable and local agriculture, biodiversity and reducing hunger.

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni was elected by acclamation to serve as ICN2 Chair.

Delegates then adopted the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action on Nutrition.

UN Messenger of Peace Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, United Arab Emirates, said that we should spend as much on nutrition as we do on weapons.

In a special address, Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said it was vital to build a food system to ensure year round access to safe, diverse and affordable diets for everyone, and that breastfeeding babies immediately and exclusively would save thousands of lives.

In the afternoon, roundtable sessions were on nutrition in the post-2015 development agenda, and on coherence between economic policies and healthy changes in diets.

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Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, and Ignazio Marino, Mayor of Rome

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Dais during the Opening Ceremony
Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO)
José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Ignazio Marino, Mayor of Rome
Paolo Gentiloni, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Italy
José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization
Sharon Dijksma, Minister for Agriculture, the Netherlands
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Video message by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Director-General, Coordinator for Economic and Social Development, FAO
Mohamed Gharib Bilal, Vice-President, Tanzania
Majesty King Letsie III, Kingdom of Lesotho
Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, United Arab Emirates
Beatrice Lorenzin, Minister for Health, Italy
Rajata Rajatanavin, Minister for Public Health, Thailand
Arthur Chioro Minister for Health, Brazil
Riyadh Yaseen Abdullah, Minister for Health and Population, Yemen
German Rafael Gonzalez Diaz, Food and Nutrition Security Secretariat, Guatemala
Kanayo Nwanze, International Fund for Agricultural Development
Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme
Melinda Gates, Gates Foundation

In the afternoon roundtable session on nutrition in the post-2015 development agenda, Co-Chair Anne Peniston, USAID, stressed the links between good nutrition and long-term economic development.

Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University, pointed out that sending a nutrition recommendation for inclusion in the UN Secretary-General’s report on the Open Working Group on the SDGs would be “extremely timely.”

Eduardo Jaramillo Navarrete, Undersecretariat of Prevention and Health Promotion of the Secretariat of Health, Mexico, noted his country’s promotion of integrated health services, banning food that is harmful to health, and establishing co-responsibility between private and public institutions.

Eva Martos, National Public Health and Medical Officer Service, Hungary, called for broader consideration of nutrition in the post-2015 development agenda and said governments have a key role to play in establishing proper conditions for equal, accessible and affordable nutrition.

Jean-Pierre Halkin, Rural Development, Food and Nutrition Security EC, emphasized that the nutrition discussion has changed from looking at the immediate consequences of nutrition to addressing long-term consequences and urged bringing this into the post-2015 debate.

Sania Nishtake, Director, Heartfile, and Co-Chair, WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, emphasized that: tracking NCDs is necessary for sustainable development; undernutrition is a risk factor for developing NCDs later in life; and NCD policy goes hand in hand with environmental sustainability.

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Dais during the first round table
Sania Nishtar, Director of Heartfile and Co-chair of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity
Eduardo Jaramillo Navarrete, Director-General of Health Promotion within the Undersecretariat of Prevention and Health Promotion of the Secretariat of Health, Mexico

In the roundtable on coherence between economic policies and healthy changes in diets, Corinna Hawkes, World Cancer Research Fund, stressed that advancing nutrition objectives also advances economic objectives. Arthur Chioro, Minister of Health, Brazil, said the right to health should be respected. In Brazil, he said, more diseases are chronic, rather than acute or due to deprivation, and noted NCDs as the main cause of death.

Leo Varadkar, Minister of Health, Ireland, described the Healthy Ireland framework requiring interagency, interdepartmental and cross-sectoral collaboration.

Franco Sassi, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, argued that government policies that improve nutritional quality and access to food would not hinder the pursuit of economic goals or be detrimental to development.

Vinita Bali, Leader Group/Member – SUN, discussed coherence between private sector objectives and healthy diets, and whether it has been able to readjust its policies to this end.

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Dais during the second round table
Corinna Hawkes, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, World Cancer Research Fund
Anna Lartey, Nutrition Division Director, FAO
 
 
Funding for coverage of this conference has been provided by FAO
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Related Links
Conference Resources

*ICN2 Website

*ICN2 Provisional Agenda

*ICN2 Provisional Timetable

*Roundtable 1 Concept Note: Nutrition in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

*Roundtable 2 Concept Note: Improving Policy Coherence for Nutrition

*Roundtable 3 Concept Note: Governance and Accountability for Nutrition

*Co-Chairs Cover Note on the Conference Outcome Documents

*Conference Outcome Document: Rome Declaration on Nutrition

*Conference Outcome Document: Framework for Action

*Round Tables Programme

*Side Events Schedule

*Parliamentarian’s Event, 18 November 1014

*Private Sector Event, 18 November 2014

*Civil Society Event, 17-18 November 2014


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