FAO/WHO Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)

Preparing ICN2

Broad and inclusive consultation processes on a new global framework for action will be convened until 2014 and will be essential to shaping a common agenda.

The immediate challenge is to reach consensus on ways to ensure a high degree of policy coherence between food supply and public health to guarantee food and nutrition security for all. Such efforts would include reviewing progress made since 1992, reflect on the existing and new challenges and opportunities, and analyse public policy to scale up proven interventions.

A Preparatory Technical Meeting (PTM) for the ICN2 was held at FAO headquarters, Rome, 13-15 November 2013. The two and a half day scientific and technical meeting was attended by country delegates from 61 countries, experts and resource persons, representatives from United Nations, international organizations and other intergovernmental organizations, and representatives from civil society and the private sector.

Country representatives made recommendations for planning the way forward for the 2014 high-level event and agreed that a substantive outcome document is expected to be developed through a Member State-driven process which should be inclusive and participatory. As nutrition is, by nature, multi-sectoral, the outcome document should specify ways by which nutrition may be improved through the food system, including agriculture and trade, as well as in health and social protection. ICN2 should build the political will and secure the financial commitment for implementation at country level.

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