Nutritious Urban-Rural Linkages

The First International Forum on Urban-Rural Linkages “Rural Revitalization through Innovations and Valorization” co-hosted by UN-Habitat, the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the Municipal and county authorities, was held in SongYang County, China from 10 to 14 November.

Urban-rural linkages and nutrition are closely associated. Harmonious, functioning urban-rural linkages ensure local economic development, sustainable environment management and social services- all of which contribute to healthier and more sustainable diets and therefore better nutrition outcomes.  Conversely, healthy and sustainable diets which are based on cultural contexts and dietary customs provide an entry point to protecting, shaping and/or reorienting rural urban linkages for more sustainable territorial development.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the New Urban Agenda state that we must “leave no one and no place behind”. To realize this, sustainable development will require rural revitalization, allowing rural and urban areas alike to simultaneously share the fruits of modern civilization, alleviating urban problems and providing a more ecological and healthy way of life.

Coming soon: Stay tuned for a new discussion paper by UNSCN which examines the intrinsic links between the urban-rural agenda and nutrition, as well as positive ways to strengthen nutrition action within the urban-rural development context.

Micronutrient Forum 5th Global Conference and the Second Global Summit on Food Fortification 8-13 November, 2020Bangkok, Thailand The fifth international meeting of the Micronutrient Forum will focus on research, implementation science and policy development on all aspects of micronutrients.…

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