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

19-21 November 2014, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy

The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) is an inclusive inter-governmental meeting on nutrition jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The conference will convene high-level government officials and stakeholders with the overall goal of improving diets and raising nutrition levels through policies that more effectively address today’s major nutrition challenges.

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  • "We cannot look at nutrition as the responsibility of the individual alone: nutrition is a public issue. A public issue that must be addressed by governments, civil society, the private sector and academia." Event on Expo 2015, Milan José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General
  • "The challenges at the policy intersection of agriculture, nutrition and health are already enormously complex. On current trends, this complexity will only grow. For all of these reasons, the coming International Conference on Nutrition will need to be a watershed event." Joint FAO-WHO press conference for ICN2 Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General
  • "ICN2 will provide us the opportunity to chart a better future in which all people are well nourished from food that is produced and consumed through sustainable systems." ICN2 Preparatory Technical Meeting José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General
  • "From any side you look at it, the price tag of malnutrition is too high. That is why we need ICN2 right now." Informal Meeting, ICN2 – Non-state actors José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General
  • "Why is ensuring food security and nutrition so important? The answer is very simple: while hunger and malnutrition remain, we will continue to witness immense suffering." Event on Expo 2015, Milan José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General
  • "I am fully committed to working with you to make ICN2 a success. But this also needs to be a collective effort. I am happy to say that thanks to a joint effort with WHO, we have improved the engagement of non-state actors." Opening of FAO Council, June 2014 José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General

Why an ICN2?

More than half the world’s population is adversely affected by malnutrition, ICN2 will keep nutrition high on the international and national development agendas

ICN2 will be the first global intergovernmental conference to address the world’s nutrition problems in the 2lst century

ICN2 goal is to improve nutrition through national policies and effective international cooperation

Global economy, food systems and the nutritional status of populations have changed markedly since the first ICN in 1992. A new policy framework and more appropriate responses are needed

Global problems require global solutions, only an intergovernmental conference can legitimately identify the commitments of stakeholders to act decisively to address malnutrition