Countries vow to combat malnutrition through firm policies and actions
©FAO/©Giulio Napolitano
19 November 2014, Rome--- In a major step towards eradicating malnutrition worldwide, 160 countries today made a number of concrete commitments and adopted a series of recommendations on policies and investments aimed at ensuring that people around the world have access to healthier and more sustainable diets. The move came at the opening, in Rome, of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The Rome Declaration on Nutrition enshrines the right of everyone to have access to safe, sufficient and nutritious food, and commits governments to preventing malnutrition in all its forms, including hunger, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity.

Statements from the ICN2 Inaugural Ceremony: José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General (00:00); Gianni Ghisi, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Italy to FAO (03:11); Paolo Gentiloni, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (05:16); Video message by Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General (15:28); Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General (17:33); José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General (30:17); Ignazio Marino, Mayor of Rome (40:13).
49min. 05sec.

General debate: His Majesty King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho (00:00); Mohamed Gharib Bilal, Vice-President of the United Republic of Tanzania (13:39); Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of the United Arab Emirates (21:42); Beatrice Lorenzin, Minister for Health of the Republic of Italy (35:19).
48min. 43sec.

General debate (continued): Rajata Rajatanavin, Minister for Public Health of the Kingdom of Thailand (00:00); Arthur Chioro, Minister for Health of the Federative Republic of Brazil (08:06); Riyadh Yaseen Abdullah, Minister for Health and Population of the Republic of Yemen (16:34); Sharon Dijksma, Minister for Agriculture of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (22:14).
28min. 30sec.

General debate (continued): Mariano Assanami Sabino, Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and President of the National Council for Food Security, Sovereignty and Nutrition of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (00:00); German Rafael Gonzalez Diaz, Secretario de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional de la República de Guatemala (10:10); Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (18:12); Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (27:43).
33min. 41sec.
Topic(s): Food Security, Hunger & food insecurity, Meeting, Nutrition
Produced by: FAO
Reference: 10841