Dr. Nancy Stetson, the U.S. Secretary of State’s Special Representative for Global Food Security and head of the U.S. Delegation to the 41st Plenary of the Committee on World Food Security, led a Dialogue on Nutrition at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) last week in Rome .The October 14 event was the first in a series of public discussions hosted by the FAO prior to the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) to be held in Rome from November 19-21.
The panel brought together representatives from civil society and the private sector who focused on the importance of partnerships in the effort to improve nutrition for the world’s population.
Dr. Stetson was joined by Louise Kantrow, Permanent Representative to the United Nations of the International Chamber of Commerce, Josh Lozman, Deputy Director of Program Advocacy for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Francesco Aureli, Representative to the International Institutions for Save the Children. All three panelists stressed the importance of collaboration among all stakeholders in order to make inroads against malnutrition.
Ambassador David Lane, the U.S. Representative to the UN Agencies in Rome said “we want ICN2 to be a success and these dialogues offer an important opportunity to highlight priorities and to explore a diversity of possible approaches for improving food and nutrition.”
The ICN2 conference will convene high-level government officials and stakeholders with the goal of improving diets and raising nutrition levels through policies that more effectively address today’s major nutrition challenges.