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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

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.

Summary of Sessions and Outcome

12 November 2013
15:00-17:00 Registration

13 November 2013
08:30-09:00 Registration

Opening session – Welcome and introduction

  • Welcome remarks by the Director-General of FAO, Mr José Graziano da Silva
  • Address by the Executive Director of the Director-General’s Office of WHO, Dr Hans Anders Troedsson
  • Statement by H.E. Roberto Ridolfi, EU Commission’s Director for Sustainable Growth and Development, DEVCO/C
  • Address by the Assistant Director-General of FAO (Economic and Social Development Department), Mr Jomo Kwame Sundaram


Day 1. Nutrition challenges and changing food systems: global and national perspectives

SESSION 1: Current global nutrition challenges, evolution of food systems, policies and dietary goals against which to measure progress

Moderator: Patrick Webb
Panelists: The five presenters in addition to Carlo Cafiero and Jeff Waage

SESSION 2: Country experiences on changes in nutritional status and policy environment: what are the lessons learned from countries in implementing nutrition- enhancing policies for food systems, economic development and poverty alleviation?

  • Country experiences
  • National and Regional Policies and Programmes
  • Partnerships and Governance

Moderator: David Nabarro

Cocktail Reception (FAO Aventino Room – 8th Floor bld. B)

14 November 2013

Day 2. Policies for nutrition-enhancing agriculture, food, health and related systems

SESSION 3: What is meant by nutrition-enhancing agriculture and food systems and what is involved: the linkages between agriculture, food systems and nutrition 
  - download the summary paper
  - download ppt presentation Per Pinstrup-Andersen
  - download the full paper

  - download ppt presentation- Patrick Webb

Presenter and Moderator: Per Pinstrup-Andersen
Panelists: Marie Ruel, Patrick Webb, Heather Danton

SESSION 4: What are the policy lessons learned and what are the success factors

  - download the Report for Day 1 & 2

15 November 2013

Day 3. Improving policy choices and policy coherence

SESSION 5: Conclusions on coherent policies for nutrition-enhancing agriculture and food related systems and summary of policy elements to be considered by the ICN2 and plan for the high-level event 19-21 November 2014 and the way forward
Chair: FAO and WHO
- download Chair's report

  • 09:00-09:30 - Chair’ summary of the previous two days

Presenter: Per Pinstrup-Andersen

  • 09:30-12:00 - Plenary discussion