36 Introducing “Good Nutrition: Perspectives for the 21st Century” – Food for thought and a call to act

“Good Nutrition: Perspectives for the 21st century” is a work of encouragement, whose prime objective is not only to call readers to action, but to outline what action needs to be taken - and how this should be done - to achieve tangible outcomes and impact.

Organizers: Sight and Life Foundation, DSM, WFP, University of California Santa Barbara, SUN Buisiness Network, Tufts University

Abstract

The event is designed to present the book “Good Nutrition: Perspectives for the 21st Century” and aims to create a platform for a keynote, followed by a panel discussion, dedicated to the important topics assessed in the book and open to the present audience. The book aims to reach the agenda of policymakers, donors, academics, private sector organizations and civil society, as well as of organizations dedicated to the nutrition space, to achieve tangible outcomes and impact.

Key speakers

Dr Lawrence Haddad (Executive Director GAIN)

Prof. Eileen Kennedy (Professor of Nutrition and former Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science at Policy at Tufts University, and Member of the Steering Committee of the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the CFS)

Prof. Hilal Elver (UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food)

Prof. Manfred Eggersdorfer (Head of DSM Nutrition Science & Advocacy and

Professor of Healthy Ageing at the University of Groningen)

Prof. Klaus Kraemer (Managing Director of Sight and Life Foundation, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of International Health of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MA, USA)

Summary

A landmark publication in the field of nutrition science and policy-making, Good Nutrition: Perspectives for the 21st century, was launched at a side event during the 43rd Session of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS 43) in Rome on October 21, 2016. Good Nutrition: Perspectives for the 21st century is a work of advocacy whose prime objective is not only to call readers to action, but also to outline what action needs to be taken to address the global nutritional challenges of our age. The objective of this event was to encourage dialogue among CFS stakeholders involved in food security and nutrition at global, regional and national levels.Containing 79 figures and 19 tables, along with a glossary of key definitions and an introduction by Prof. Hilal Elver about “Embedding nutrition in a human rights agenda”, Good Nutrition is structured in five sections. It opens with a consideration of the major forces shaping our global food system, then moves on to discuss the relationship between nutrition, health and economic status. Next it explores the prerequisites for sustainable food systems, before presenting a number of innovative, science-led solutions to the challenge of providing good nutrition for everyone. Finally, Good Nutrition concludes with an extended discussion of what needs to be done in order to transform our global nutritional landscape for the better.Good Nutrition is available from Karger Publishers. It will provide a key source of reference for CFS stakeholders seeking to learn more about nutrition from global experts. The PDF of the book may be downloaded from www.karger.com/Book/Home/273171 and the book ordered from Karger.Good Nutrition: Perspectives for the 21st centuryKarger, Basel, 2016 / ISBN: 978-3-318-05964-9 / e-ISBN: 978-3-318-05965-6 DOI:10.1159/isbn.978-3-318-05965-6