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Action to Improve Nutrition: Making ICN2 count over the next decade and beyond

Nov 1 2014

The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) has generated two main outcome documents - 1) the high-level political ‘Rome Declaration on nutrition' and 2) a global policy ‘Framework for Action’ (FFA) - intended to provide “a set of policy options and strategies which governments, acting in cooperation with other stakeholders, may incorporate, as appropriate, into their national nutrition, health, agriculture, development and investment plans, and consider in negotiating international agreements to achieve better nutrition for all.

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Action Against Hunger policy report ICN2

This paper assesses the Framework for Action and presents additional key actions that we believe must be carried through into implementation of the Framework for Action and the proposed follow-up ‘Decade of Action on nutrition’ in order to successfully guide, improve and enhance national Plans of Action for nutrition. Co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), ICN presented an historic once-in-a-generation opportunity that can only now fulfil its ambition to eradicate malnutrition in all its forms if the Framework for Action provokes a mobilisation of the necessary political leadership, commitment, action and resources at the scale and intensity required at national and international levels. to this end, Action Against Hunger believes the UN General Assembly should endorse the ICN2 Rome Declaration and Framework for Action, as requested by member states, and closely monitor, scrutinise and oversee implementation of the Framework for Action. The UN General Assembly should also declare a Decade of Action on nutrition from 2016 to 2025 with sufficient resources for its success.