(18/11/2014, Bonn/Rome) From November 19 to 21 member states of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) will meet in Rome for the second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). Although progress has been made in reducing hunger and malnutrition since the first ICN in 1992, still more than 7,000 children under the age of five die every day as a consequence of malnutrition. Two billion people – more than 40 percent of the world´s population - suffer from the lack of essential vitamins and minerals, while 1.4 billion people are overweight.
Welthungerhilfe requests the German government to push for binding commitments on concrete actions in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. This includes an agreement on ex-ante assessments of possible consequences of national or international policy decisions, i.e. trade agreements or agricultural investments, for food and nutrition security and the realization of the human right to food.
„The conference should not end with a catalogue of non-binding declarations of intent, but with a concrete action plan. We hope that the German government will use this opportunity and take a leading role in during and in the follow-up of the conference. Governments must report on their commitments and progress in implementation needs to be assessed. The Committee on World Food Security (CFS), complemented by expertise from the World Health Organization (WHO), would be an adequate governance mechanism for this follow-up process. Ahead of the final negotiations of the Post-2015 development framework a clear and stronger commitment to the fight against hunger and malnutrition and to ambitious targets and accountability mechanisms are crucial”, says Dr. Wolfgang Jamann, Secretary General of Welthungerhilfe.
Welthungerhilfe is one of Germany's largest private aid agencies. It offers integrated aid from rapid disaster aid to reconstruction and long-term development cooperation projects in conjunction with local partner organisations based on the principle of help towards self-help. Since we were founded in 1962, we have provided 2.66 billion euros worth of funding for more than 7,350 projects in 70 countries – for a world without hunger and poverty.