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Discussing the Global Panel's Foresight report at WHO

Global Panel’s Foresight report presentation at the World Health Organization:

Poor diet is the number one risk factor driving the world’s disease burden. Join us in the discussion about the opportunities for action within the food system going beyond agriculture and the role of WHO’s and other actors in this.

Speakers

  • Dr Lawrence Haddad: Chair of the Global Panel Foresight Lead Expert Group, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
  • Prof Sandy Thomas: Director, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food System for Nutrition

Summary

The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) committed to develop coherent public policies to transform current food systems to promote safe and healthy diets. The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition commissioned the Foresight report that takes a close look at the extent to which food systems are delivering healthy diets today and assesses whether they are fit for the future. The report shows that unless policy makers act decisively to control overweight, obesity and diet-related disease and accelerate efforts to reduce undernutrition, all countries will pay a heavy price in terms of mortality, physical health, mental well-being, economic losses and degradation of the environment.

The report concludes with important recommendations and advice for leaders at the most senior levels in countries and international organizations relating to: public health and well-being, mental health development, education, economic development, urbanization, globalization and demography.

Download the report: Food systems and diets: Facing the challenges of the 21st century.

Download summary in French, Portuguese, Spanish.