Climate Change and Nutrition

The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), jointly organized by FAO and WHO, was convened at FAO Headquarters in Rome, from 19-21 November 2014. Under the theme “Better Nutrition, Better Lives”, endorsed the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action.

The Rome Declaration on Nutrition recognized the multiple challenges of malnutrition to inclusive and sustainable development and to health and enshrined the right of everyone to have access to safe, sufficient and nutritious food, and commits governments to preventing malnutrition in all its forms, including hunger, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity.

The Declaration acknowledged that current food systems were being increasingly challenged to provide adequate, safe, diversified and nutrient rich food for all that contributed to healthy diets due to different constraints posed by resource scarcity and environmental degradation, as well as by unsustainable production and consumption patterns.

The declaration provided a common vision for global action to end all forms of malnutrition and reaffirmed that coordinated action among different actors, across all relevant sectors at international, regional, national and community levels, needed to be supported through cross-cutting and coherent policies, programmes and initiatives, including social protection, to address the multiple burdens of malnutrition and to promote sustainable food systems;

The Declaration recognized 1) the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security was fostered through sustainable, equitable, accessible in all cases, and resilient and diverse food systems; 2) food systems, including all components of production, processing and distribution should be sustainable, resilient and efficient in providing more diverse foods in an equitable manner, with due attention to assessing environmental and health impacts;

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Ensuring nutritious diets in a climate constrained world

18/10/2016 - FAO Heaquarters – Rome, 18 October 2016 During CFS 43, UNSCN hosted the side event Ensuring nutritious diets in a climate constrained world to present examples of how we can safeguard our [...]

Food Systems and diets: Facing the challenge of the 21st century

30/09/2016 - Food systems and diets: Facing the challenges of the 21st century, published by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, uses modelling and trend analysis to describe how diets [...]

Climate change and food systems: global assessments and implications for food security and trade

01/09/2015 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN has launched a publication "Climate change and food systems: global assessments and implications for food security and trade" collecting the findings of [...]

Actions and Accountability to Advance Nutrition and Sustainable Development, The Global Nutrition Report 2015

01/07/2015 - The Global Nutrition Report 2015 is a report card on the world’s nutrition—globally, regionally, and country by country—and on efforts to improve it. It assesses countries’ [...]

Sustainable Food Systems and Health - The convenient truth of addressing climate change while promoting health

01/06/2015 - Feeding the world sustainably and promoting good nutrition and health under a changing climate is one of the main challenges of our time. Changes in dietary patterns towards more production and [...]

Activities of the UNSCN - Climate Change and Nutrition

01/01/2013 - A short overview of the work that the UNSCN and members of NutCC group have been doing to mainstream nutrition in climate policies around the UNFCCC work and Conferences. [...]

Nutrition security of urban populations: A call for attention and joint action by UNSCN

01/12/2012 - In the 2012 UNSCN Statement Nutrition Security of Urban Populations, UNSCN calls for increased attention, awareness and research on urban nutrition as well as for an effective engagement and [...]

HLPE Report on Food Security and Climate Change

01/06/2012 - Food insecurity and climate change are, more than ever, the two major global challenges humanity is facing, and climate change is increasingly perceived as one of the greatest challenges for food [...]

Diabetes and Climate Change Report

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Enhancing women’s leadership to address the challenges of climate change on nutrition security and health

03/03/2011 - Empowering women is a cornerstone of fostering adaptation and addressing the impacts of climate change on nutrition security and health. Through drawing on women’s knowledge and experiences [...]

Climate Change and Nutrition Security - Message to the UNFCCC negotiators

01/11/2010 - The UNSCN policy brief highlights how climate change further exacerbates the already unacceptably high levels of hunger and undernutrition and proposes policy directions to address the nutrition [...]

SCN News 38: Climate Change: Food and Nutrition Security Implications

12/06/2010 - "We can rest assured: impacts there will be, regardless of how much some would like to make believe that there is nothing to worry about, either because there is no proof or technology will fix [...]

Human Health and Well-Being in an Era of Energy Scarcity and Climate Change

01/01/2010 - This publication is an excerpted chapter from The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises that features essays by some of the world’s most provocative [...]

Feeling the heat: Child survival in a changing climate

11/01/2009 - A child’s chances of survival will increasingly depend on how climate change contributes to existing vulnerabilities and how well communities are able to adapt. This report examines those [...]

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WHO Ambition and action in nutrition 2016-2025 WHO Ambition and action in nutrition 2016-2025 aims to define the unique value of WHO for advancing nutrition and to focus the Organization on what it does best. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable…
UNSCN Discussion Paper - By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition and leave no one behind The paper aims to present the centrality of nutrition in the current sustainable development agenda. It provides an overview of the numerous and inter-related nutrition targets that have been…
UNSCN Discussion Paper - Global Governance for Nutrition and the role of UNSCN This paper aims to describe the current nutrition architecture and provides a detailed overview of the main nutrition actors and their mandate. It highlights the role of UNSCN in the architecture…
UNSCN Discussion Paper - Impact Assessment of Policies to support Healthy Food Environments and Healthy Diets Outcomes and processes for accountability are sorely needed for assessing the impact of food systems policies on nutrition. The Framework for Action includes an adopted set of recommendations on…
UNSCN Discussion Paper - Investments for Healthy Food Systems In the ICN2 Rome Declaration Commitment 15, Member States committed to ‘increase investments for effective interventions and actions to improve people's diets and nutrition, including in…