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World Health Assembly approves monitoring framework for maternal and child nutrition

21 May 2014

At the World Health Assembly Wednesday, Member States approved a global monitoring framework on maternal, infant and young child nutrition. The WHO Secretariat was asked to develop recommendations for Member States on how to address the inappropriate marketing of complementary foods - foods for infants and young children who are still breastfed. They also asked the Secretariat to facilitate further development of the indicators described in this framework, and to convene informal consultations with Member States on tools to manage undue industry influence.

Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), José Graziano da Silva was present for the debate to address delegates. FAO and WHO will co-host the Second International Conference on Nutrition in November 2014. Both organizations were requested to ensure that other UN organizations, nongovernmental organizations the private sector and other stakeholders take part in consultations on the conference’s outcome.

Date: 
21 May 2014

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Weekly Epidemiological Record