The Second International Conference on Nutrition will be in Rome on 19-21 November. It will be preceded by pre-conference events in Rome for civil society, parliamentarians and the private sector. The Pope and other high-level special guests are expected to attend. As you may know, others have estimated that malnutrition imposes an approximately 5% burden on net economic welfare, with >3% due to unrealized human potential in terms of economic productivity and another 2% due to avoidable health care costs. One economistic consequence is that the rates of return to effective nutrition interventions are very high. Another feature of the conference is the emphasis on the role of food systems in ensuring healthy, balanced and diverse diets besides the better known health-related interventions. Perhaps most important is the high level attention of recent years so necessary for effective, comprehensive and integrated action, e.g. with the CELAC and AU heads of states' commitments of 2013 and 2014 respectively.
The link below may be of interest to group members: http://www.epw.in/perspectives/nutrition-what-needs-be-done.html
Jomo Kwame Sundaram
Coordinator for Economic and Social Development
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
FAO (ES-ADG, Room B532), Vialle delle Terme di Caracalla,
00153 Roma, Italy.
Office: Jomo.Sundaram@fao.org +39-0657053566
Websites: http://www.fao.org/, http://www.jomoks.org/, http://www.ideaswebsite.org/