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Brazilian Minister of Health: "ICN2 is an unquestionable success"

Chioro highlights role of FAO and WHO in taking ICN2 agenda forward
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FAO Director-General and Mnister of Health of Brazil meet on the sidelines of ICN2

20 November 2014, Rome - Brazilian Minister of Health, Arthur Chioro, congratulated FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva for the “unquestionable success” of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). 

“I applaud the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) because they organized an event that will be a landmark for issues related to food security and nutrition,” said Chioro, after meeting with the Director-General on the sidelines of ICN2.

The challenge now is to implement the Framework for Action, he continued. According to the Brazilian Minister, the UN System, and FAO and WHO in particular, have an important role to play. "FAO and WHO have the legitimacy and the capacity to assist governments to transform the nutrition commitments into results," said Chioro.

CFS: natural forum to discuss food security and nutrition

The Minister of Health also expressed the Brazilian view that the existing mechanisms were sufficient and should be strengthened to take the nutrition agenda forward.

Chioro also highlighted that the Committee on World Food Security was a natural forum to discuss nutrition as it already counted with the participation of governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, FAO and other UN agencies. He noted that, for that to happen, WHO should be part of the committee.

Zero Hunger

The Minister of Health and FAO Director-General also discussed Brazil’s advances in the fight against hunger and malnutrition over the last decade, the result of coordinated government actions that began with the Zero Hunger Program and continues today with the Brazil Without Extreme Poverty Program.

Chioro praised the work being carried out by Graziano da Silva at the helm of FAO.

“For us Brazilians, it is no surprise to see the profound transformation that Graziano da Silva has led in FAO. The Zero Hunger Program that he created helped change the lives of millions and millions of people and transform our country in a very short space of time. We knew he had the capacity, the leadership and the commitment to implement the transformations that the 21st requires of FAO," stated Chioro.

During the meeting, Minister Chioro also presented the Director-General with the new Dietary Guidelines for the Brazilian Population, that responds to WHO´s request that such guidelines be updated regularly.