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High-level nutrition event aims to change the course of the development agenda

2nd International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), to be hosted by FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO) at FAO's Rome headquarters, 19-21 November

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Malnutrition is one of the world’s most serious but least addressed health and development problems. While 805 million people on the planet regularly do not get enough to eat, a staggering 2 billion suffer from micronutrient deficiencies or other effects of inadequate diet. That's 30 percent of the world population.

Inadequate nutrition damages lives. It also drags economies down, hinders development, and perpetuates poverty.

Despite progress over the past decades in reducing chronic, caloric hunger, the world has largely failed to tackle undernutrition, even though well-tested approaches for doing so do exist.

At the same time, the epidemic of obesity and diet-related diseases in developed countries has spread to developing ones. Many poorer countries now suffer from a double burden of hunger and poor quality nutrition alongside overweight and obesity.

The 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) is the first, high-level global event to focus on the nutrition challenges of the 21st century. The conference, jointly organized by FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO), will take place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, 19-21 November.

High-level government representatives from about 150 countries, UN agencies, intergovernmental organizations, members of civil society, foundations, the private sector and experts from around the world will participate. More than 75 Ministers of agriculture, health and other sectors will attend. Pope Francis will address the conference as well.

At ICN2, countries are expected to endorse a sweeping political declaration committing themselves to doing more, individually and collectively, to tackle malnutrition, in all its forms—from hunger to obesity. They will also sign on to a framework of action that spells out changes in policies and practices aimed at improving food systems and the global nutrition situation.

ICN2 highlights

ICN2 highlights

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