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We speak at ICN2

We speak at ICN2

We speak at ICN2

Our senior policy advisor Samuel Hauenstein Swan's speech to plenary at the Second International Conference on Nutrition 2014

Rome, November 20, 2014

As of yesterday, it is the member states of WHO and FAO's joint duty to translate the Rome declaration and the Framework for Action recommendations into action. 

We welcome Francesco Branca's announcement earlier today, to take the ICN2 outcome document to the UNGA on order to see through the first promise made at the ICN2: to establish a decade of action on nutrition.

Every effort should now be made to achieve by 2025 the six existing World Health Assembly (WHA) the WHA are the only comprehensive set of global nutrition targets that currently exists. 

We also believe that the outcome documents of this conference must underpin the proposed Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition by 2030. 

The goal now must focus on the subject - the malnourished in this world. Today, only 10 per cent of the world's undernourished children have access to treatment.
Join the dots. Leave behind the divisions. Work towards a multi-sector approach that serves fishing communities, pastoralists, the urban poor, consumers, women, youth, indigenous people and agricultural and food workers that go to bed hungry or ill fed and whose children fall ill with malnutrition.
We acknowledge the great efforts of individuals and member states to the FAO and WHO, which have enabled the two UN agencies here to come together under one goal - "better nutrition for all". 

We call on your expertise and leadership to take this progress to the next step and unite us towards ambitious goals and targets that can be tracked and enable accountability. 

We would like to see this happen under one UN approach for nutrition involving all relevant agencies. Only then the global level will be able to support the member states to translate actions and set targets where they matter most on local level.
The national process must follow the FIRST recommendation of the Framework For Action which calls for social participation. 

Civil society participation and ownership make a significant contribution the ICN2 thus far and we commit here support the development of viable and sustainable policies over the next decade.

Not surprisingly, community-level participation in the policymaking and decision making process improves the acceptance and impact of policies. To maximize support, involvement and, indeed, ownership of policies, from their inception to implementation, is key.
We further expect this process to be firmly to be anchored on the principals of a vibrant and flourishing equitable local food systems, is environmentally sound and culturally and socially appropriate. 

A health system which is accessible to the population at all levels in line with WHOs strategy on Universal Health Coverage, Social protection that enables foremost women to care for their seven and children in their care. Agriculture that promotes adequate diets and protects small holders and ensure diversified diets and adequate nutrition.

We therefore trust that the framing of any global and national policy, programme and action on  nutrition must start with an unambiguous understanding of the rights to adequate food and nutrition, health and safe water, are fundamental human rights, which identify people as rights-holders and states as duty-bearers with an obligation to respect, protect and fulfil these and other related rights.

We call on all stakeholders to the ICN2 to now move from the "recommendation" to action.


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