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President of Palau in FAO highlights the need to curb alarming trends in the SIDS countries

Poor nutrition, a major contributor

4 July 2017, Rome - The President of the Republic of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr, today visited FAO to participate at the launch of a new United Nations global action programme that seeks to address pressing challenges related to food security, nutrition and the impacts of climate change facing the world’s Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

In his remarks, he pointed to the need to “curb alarming trends” in the SIDS such as, in the case of the Pacific region, the high rate of mortality caused by non-communicable diseases including cancer and heart attacks, to which poor nutrition is a major contributor.

Because of their small size and isolation, SIDS are particularly threatened by natural disasters and the impacts of climate change. Many have limited arable land and are dependent on small-scale agriculture, ocean resources and high priced imports.

In this contexts, SIDS face the 'triple burden' of malnutrition - with undernourishment, micronutrient deficiency and obesity coexisting sometimes within the same communities, households, and in the same individual over their lifetime. 

Watch the President's remarks: