Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)

Rome, Italy, FAO Headquarters

   ICN2 duo

(see below for more details) 

  • ICN2 High-level meeting - 19-21 November 2014

Currently ongoing:
Second public consultation on the revised draft of the ICN2 political declaration.
Deadline: 28 May 2014
For more information click here (WHO website) or here (FAO FSN website).

To see the comments from the previous consultation on the zero draft of the ICN2 political declaration, click here


Malnutrition is one of the world's most serious but least addressed health problems and a significant contributor to child mortality. Nearly one-third of children in developing countries are either underweight or stunted, and more than 30% of people living in developing countries suffer from micronutrient deficiencies. 

Malnutrition undermines economic growth and perpetuates poverty, and its human costs are enormous. Yet the world has failed to tackle malnutrition over the past decades, even though well-tested approaches for doing so exist. The consequences of this failure to act are now evident in the inadequate progress toward the Millennium Development Goal's target 1c to halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 2015: more than one in eight of the world's population still suffers from hunger after progress towards meeting the MDG slowed in 2007 and leveled off. Unless policies and priorities are changed, the scale of the problem will prevent many countries from laying the foundation for sustainable development that is central to the post-2015 development agenda -especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, where malnutrition is increasing, and in South-East Asia, where malnutrition remains widespread and improving only slowly. 

The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), an inclusive inter-governmental meeting on nutrition jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in cooperation with the UNSCN, the High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis (HLTF), IFAD, IFPRI, UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, WFP and the WTO, will be held at FAO Headquarters, in Rome, 19-21 November 2014. It is a high-level ministerial conference which will propose a flexible policy framework to address today's major nutrition challenges and identify priorities for enhanced international cooperation on nutrition.

The key objectives of the ICN2 are to:
  1. review progress made since the 1992 ICN including country level achievements in scaling up nutrition through direct nutrition interventions and nutrition-enhancing policies and programmes;
  2. review relevant policies and institutions on agriculture, fisheries, health, trade, consumption and social protection to improve nutrition;
  3. strengthen institutional policy coherence and coordination to improve nutrition, and mobilize resources needed to improve nutrition;
  4. strengthen international, including inter-governmental cooperation, to enhance nutrition everywhere, especially in developing countries.

The scope of the conference is:
  • global in perspective, but focus particularly on nutrition challenges in developing countries;
  • addressed all forms of malnutrition, recognizing the nutrition transition and its consequences;
  • sought to improve nutrition throughout the lifecycle, focusing on the poorest and most vulnerable households, and on women, infants and young children in deprived, vulnerable and emergency contexts.

ICN2 builds on ongoing global political processes and initiatives to contribute to the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda including identifying priority areas, nutrition development goals as well as the policies that are required to achieve, measure and account for them. The outcome of the ICN2 has contributed to the UN Secretary General's call for a high degree of policy coherence at global, regional, national and sub-national levels and a global partnership for development at all levels. The ICN2 has also amplify the Secretary General's call to leaders gathered at the Rio+20 Summit to take up the "Zero Hunger Challenge".    

Highlights of the events

As part of the preparation for the ICN2 event, FAO and WHO jointly organized a Preparatory Technical Meeting held from 13 to 15 November 2013, at FAO Headquarters in Rome. Participants included high-level technical experts from food and agriculture, health and other sectors as well as relevant selected experts from United Nations agencies and other intergovernmental organizations, civil society including non-governmental organizations, researchers, the private sector and consumer associations. The outcome of this meeting would feed into and inform the ICN2 high level meeting in 2014.

For more information on preparatory events, objectives, background documents and for further resources, please visit the ICN2 Preparatory Technical Meeting official website.  

You may watch the FAO webcasts of the ICN2 PTM here

UNSCN Seminar on Nutrition and Sustainability- 12 November 2013


On November 12, 2013, one day prior to the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) Preparatory Technical Meeting, UNSCN co-organized with Bioversity International, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations [FAO] and the Government of the Republic of Malawi a seminar on "Nutrition and Sustainability : A practical approach to integrating climate change, biodiversity and ecosystems, nutrition and health agendas.

For more information on the event and to download the programme, please click here

In support of this seminar, a social media campaign has been organized: find out more about the campaign "Your FOOD, Your HEALTH, Your FUTURE" here.

Media contact:
Lina Mahy
(+41) 227 913544

UNSCN/Save the Children Side-Event on Food and Nutrition Security- 13 November, 2013


As part of the ICN2 Preparatory Technical Meeting, UNSCN co-organized with Save the Children, a side-event on Wednesday, 13 November, 2013 entitled: "Nutrition and the Post-2015 Development Agenda". The event is organised to contribute to ensuring that Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) is firmly embedded in the Post-2015 Development Agenda by stimulating discussions on the available options and triggering coherent action of stakeholders. 
  • For more information see the flyer
  • The advocacy paper is also available here
  • Leslie Elder was one of our panelist, and her powerpoint presentation is now available here.


Last updated: 24 February, 2014