Nations Pledge More Action On Preventing Malnutrition, As U.N. Leaders Press For Closing Nutrition Gaps At Rome Conference

Media sources report on pledges made during the first day of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (CIN2) in Rome, including the adoption of the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and a Framework for Action.

Agence France-Presse: U.N. urges action to fix ‘broken’ world food system
“The United Nations urged political leaders from around the world on Wednesday to up their game in the fight to wipe out malnutrition, a global scourge afflicting poor and rich alike…” (Carrier, 11/19).

Associated Press: Governments pledge more to prevent malnutrition
“More than 170 governments pledged Wednesday to do more to prevent malnutrition around the globe, adopting voluntary guidelines to promote healthy diets and reduce levels of obesity at the start of a three-day U.N. conference…” (Winfield/Thomas, 11/19).

Reuters: United Nations, WHO, politicians commit to fight poor nutrition
“…WHO Director General Margaret Chan told delegates that social and income inequality and gaps between people’s nutrition levels were at their highest in living memory…” (Binnie, 11/19).

U.N. News Centre: At global food conference, U.N. officials sound the call for better global nutrition
“…In a video message delivered to the International Conference on Nutrition — organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon observed that while ‘a great deal of progress’ had been made since his Zero Hunger Challenge was first issued, the world needed to ‘redouble’ its efforts in eliminating hunger and improving nutrition…” (11/19).

WHO: Countries vow to combat malnutrition through firm policies and actions
“…The Rome Declaration on Nutrition enshrines the right of everyone to have access to safe, sufficient, and nutritious food, and commits governments to preventing malnutrition in all its forms, including hunger, micronutrient deficiencies, and obesity. The Framework for Action recognizes that governments have the primary role and responsibility for addressing nutrition issues and challenges, in dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders — including civil society, the private sector, and affected communities…” (11/19).

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