Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), 19-21 November 2014, Rome, Italy

Our policy team successfully advocated for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to be included on the agenda and outcomes of the ICN2 conference

Our policy team successfully advocated for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to be included on the agenda and outcomes of the ICN2 conference. Malnutrition in all its forms, including being overweight and obese, needed be discussed as these are major contributors to NCDs - and NCDs are the leading cause of mortality globally; with the largest burden occurring in low- and middle-income countries.

The conference took stock of progress made towards improving nutrition since the First International Conference on Nutrition held in 1992, identifying remaining challenges, reviewing policies and opportunities, and developing a new policy framework to improve global nutrition.

In the lead up to the conference, we issued a joint statement calling on delegates to outline the specific actions they planned to take to address the issue of malnutrition and, in doing so, helped influence Member States to adopt the Rome Declaration and Framework for Action to address malnutrition in all its forms.

Our Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Dr Corinna Hawkes, was the lead speaker at a roundtable at the conference where she discussed “Improving Policy Coherence for Nutrition” – the need for aligning policies designed to promote healthy diets with policies and programmes in other sectors.

Corinna’s presentation from the conference can be viewed here:

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