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Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) - Preparatory Technical Meeting 13-15 November 2013

FAO and WHO are jointly organizing a Preparatory Technical Meeting to be held from 13 to 15 November 2013, at FAO Headquarters in Rome, in advance of the 2014 Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2).

Participants will include high-level technical experts from the food and agriculture, health and other sectors as well as relevant selected experts from United Nations agencies and other intergovernmental organizations, civil society - including non-governmental organizations - researchers, the private sector and consumer associations. The outcome of this meeting will feed into and inform the ICN2 high level meeting in 2014.

The preparatory technical meeting will be conducted in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian. The  Provisional Programme in all languages is available on the link below:

Preparatory Technical Meeting 13-15 November 2013 - Programme and Documents

The political process begins now for next year’s high-level meeting on Nutrition. Listen to interviews with Brian Thompson, FAO Coordinator ICN2 Secretariat and to statements from FAO/WHO/EU elaborating on the challenges facing nutrition security, why progress to improve nutrition has been slow, and how this year’s preparatory meeting will influence the Second International Conference on Nutrition in 2014.

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Summary of Sessions and Outcome

For more information on the conference, please contact FAO’s ICN2 Secretariat:  Brian Thompson e-mail: and Leslie Amoroso e-mail:

Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)

The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), an inclusive inter-governmental meeting on nutrition jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in cooperation with the High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis (HLTF), IFAD, IFPRI, UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, WFP and the WTO, will be held at FAO Headquarters, in Rome, 19-21 November 2014. It will be a high-level ministerial conference which will propose a flexible policy framework to address today’s major nutrition challenges and identify priorities for enhanced international cooperation on nutrition.

ICN2 will bring together senior national policymakers from agriculture, health and other relevant ministries and agencies, with leaders of United Nations agencies and other intergovernmental organizations and civil society, including non-governmental organizations, researchers, the private sector and consumers.
The conference will review progress made towards improving nutrition since 1992, reflect on nutrition problems that remain, as well as on the new challenges and opportunities for improving nutrition presented by changes in the global economy, in food systems, by advances in science and technology, and identify policy options for improving nutrition. The key objectives of the ICN2 will be to:

  1. review progress made since the 1992 ICN including country-level achievements in scaling up nutrition through direct nutrition interventions and nutrition-enhancing policies and programmes;
  2. review relevant policies and institutions on agriculture, fisheries, health, trade, consumption and social protection to improve nutrition;
  3. strengthen institutional policy coherence and coordination to improve nutrition, and mobilize resources needed to improve nutrition;
  4. strengthen international, including inter-governmental cooperation, to enhance nutrition everywhere, especially in developing countries.

The scope of the conference will:

  • be global in perspective, but focus particularly on nutrition challenges in developing countries;
  • address all forms of malnutrition, recognizing the nutrition transition and its consequences;
  • seek to improve nutrition throughout the life cycle, focusing on the poorest and most vulnerable households, and on women, infants and young children in deprived, vulnerable and emergency contexts.

ICN2 will build on ongoing global political processes and initiatives to contribute to the post-2015 UN development agenda including identifying priority areas, nutrition development goals as well as the policies that are required to achieve, measure and account for them. The outcome of the ICN2 will contribute to the UN Secretary-General’s call for a high degree of policy coherence at global, regional, national and sub-national levels and a global partnership for development at all levels. The ICN2 will also enlarge on the Secretary-General’s call to leaders gathered at the Rio+20 Summit to take up the “Zero Hunger Challenge”.