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Regional Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition

In 2014, FAO and WHO jointly held the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) to address malnutrition in all its forms. Shortly thereafter, the Sustainable Development Goals were launched and included SDG Goal 2 on ending hunger and improving nutrition. Building from these events, in 2016 the UN launched a Decade of Action on Nutrition.

Within the framework of the Decade of Action, WHO and FAO held an International Symposium on Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition at the end of 2016. The symposium aimed to highlight practical solutions and examples of best practice. Following on from this, the FAO held a series of Regional symposium in 2017 to explore regional application of the food systems approach to nutrition. At the symposium organised by the Regional office for the Near East and North Africa, held in Muscat, Oman in December, Dr Courtney Scott presented the Keynote Address, outlining how the food system approach can be used to improve diets and nutrition.

The symposium was in collaboration with WHO, UNICEF, WFP, the League of Arab States, and IFPRI.

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