News | 21-11-2014
Nutrition Global Governance

Civil Society and Social Movements present their final declaration at the ICN2

Public interest Civil Society Organizations and social movmemets will read today during the plenary of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) their final declaration

Photo: CSO Forum during the second International Conference on Nutrition in Rome ©FAO/Giulio Napolitano

From November 16-18, 2014, social movements representing peasants, small-scale fishers and fishing communities, pastoralists, urban poor, consumers, women, youth, Indigenous Peoples and agricultural and food workers, came together with the representatives of public interest civil society organizations that have actively engaged in the preparatory process of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2).

This synergy sought to share their values, and aspirations, to join forces in a common vision on how to eradicate malnutrition in all its forms, and to hold governments and intergovernmental organizations to account on their obligations and commitments.

The conclusion of the ICN2 negotiations is considered as a welcome step, in particular its focus on malnutrition in all its form. However, social movements and civil society organizations consider it inadequate to confront the scale of the global malnutrition challenge.

Therefore, the final Public Interest Civil Society Organizations´ and Social Movements´ Forum Declaration to the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) asks to tackle the political, social, cultural and economic determinants of malnutrition in all its forms, including undernourishment, stunting, wasting, micronutrient deficiencies, overweight and obesity, and diet-related non-communicable diseases. Moreover, that the framing of any policy, programme and action plan on food and nutrition should be the unambiguous understanding of the rights to adequate food and nutrition, health and safe water, as fundamental human rights, which identify people as rights-holders and states as duty-bearers with an obligation to respect, protect and fulfil these and other related rights.

In the declaration, they also call upon Member States to make clear and firm commitments at both national and international levels to ensure the full realization of the human right to adequate food and nutrition and related rights.

At the same time, social movements and civil society organizations announce to stand ready to play their part and take up their responsibilities, and terminate their statement with the declaration of a worldwide People’s Decade of Action on Nutrition.

Read the full Public Interest Civil Society Organizations´ and Social Movements´ Forum Declaration to the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)", from 21 November 2014...

Read the Public Interest Civil Society Organizations' Vision Statement on Nutrition, from 13 November 2014

Read the Statement by Social Movements on Nutrition, from 21 November 2014