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FAO Director-General meets Queen Letizia of Spain

"How we eat and what we eat are basic principles and key indicators to track progress in achieving better nutrition outcomes"- Queen Letizia

The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva and Her Majesty the Queen of Spain, Letizia Ortiz Rocasonalo, met today at FAO headquarters. Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization, Oleg Chestnov, was also present at the meeting.

Both Her Majesty the Queen of Spain and FAO'S Director-General highlighted the importance of the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and its Framework for Action, approved by Member countries at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), held at FAO headquarters.

Both documents mark a milestone as a fundamental step forward to achieve better nutrition for all in the next ten-year timeframe for implementation. They also provided ad set of policy strategies that governments, in collaboration with non-state actors, can incorporate into their national and international nutrition, health, agriculture, development and investment plans.

The Queen underlined that she is committed to working towards these goals, and confirmed her availability to continue collaborating with the Food and Agriculture Organization.

A dialogue on food labelling, and its connection to the food industry, was also established with the Assistant Director-General of WHO.

"How we eat and what we eat" are basic principles and key indicators to track progress in achieving better nutrition outcomes, the Queen said. "There health, ethical, political, social and economic reasons to fight malnutrition," she added.

 FAO's Director-General stated that the common principles for the elimination of malnutrition in all its forms have been established, and gave examples of concrete actions such as the reinforcement of the school meals programme.