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Queen Letizia of Spain, FAO’s Special Ambassador for Nutrition, joined more than 600 experts, international civil servants, lawmakers, academics and members of civil-society and private-sector groups in attending the International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition.

A high-level international symposium on nutrition ended here today with a resounding reminder of the importance of promoting healthy diets and ensuring adequate nutrition for everyone in order to eradicate hunger and malnutrition by 2030 – a goal set by the UN Member nations last year.

King Letsie III of Lesotho was today appointed as FAO’s newest Special Ambassador for Nutrition by the Organization’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva. 

Responding to the mounting impacts of malnutrition on public health and economic development – estimated to cost $3.5 trillion per year – via a shift to healthier diets and food systems is the subject of a high level conference taking place at FAO's Rome headquarters.