Nutrition

Global Nutrition Summit 2017: Milan

4 November 2017, Saturday
10:00 – 17:00 CET
Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy

4 November 2017 ─ Building upon the spirit and outcomes of the L'Aquila Food Security Initiative, the Milan Expo 2015, the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) and the G7 Summit in Taormina, the Nutrition for Growth Stakeholder Group will organize a day-long, high-level summit on nutrition and food for a healthier future which is co-facilitated and co-hosted by the Italian G7 Presidency, the City of Milan and Ministry of Health: the Milan Global Nutrition Summit.

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The summit’s high-level participants will celebrate the progress made since the launching of the Decade of Action on Nutrition in 2016 and throughout 2017, and will include new financial and policy commitments. It will be an occasion for governments and their many partners to make SMART commitments, to highlight innovative and effective nutrition programs, and discuss the accountability needed to deliver results. The event will therefore be a pledging moment under the Decade of Action on Nutrition.

Thematic sessions in the morning will celebrate existing commitments and call for new ones in each of the three areas identified: i) Improving Nutrition Within Planetary Boundaries: Cities Taking the Lead; ii) Closing the Nutrition Gender Gap; and iii) The Future We Want: Transforming our food systems for improved nutrition.

In the afternoon, the 2017 Global Nutrition Report will be formally launched and presented by Prof. Corinna Hawkes, Independent Expert Group Co-Chair. This session will be followed by a pledging moment for stakeholders making new N4G commitments, including from countries. These will be registered in the repository of Decade of Action on Nutrition commitments.

The World Health Organization is co-organizer of the summit. Dr Francesco Branca, Director of Nutrition for Health and Development will participate in the panel discussion on “Closing the Nutrition Gender Gap”. During this session an “Action Agenda to close the gap on women and girls’ nutrition” will be launched. The recently appointed Assistant Director-General for External Relations, Ambassador Michèle Boccoz will make a statement in the high-level plenary session in the afternoon. It is expected that new financial pledges will be done by foundations, donor countries, governments and other stakeholders.