An international symposium was held on the 1st and 2nd of December 2016 by the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The conference entitled “Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition”, took place at FAO’s headquarters in Rome as a follow up to the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). Attended by 800 participants from around the globe, the symposium contributed to the discussion, engagement and collaboration between international governmental representatives and stakeholders around the identification of innovative solutions that enable food systems to deliver healthy diets for improved nutrition.
The Environment and Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU) played an important role in the Symposium. Dr. Shadi Hamadeh, ESDU Director, was one of the International Advisory Panel (IAP)’s members and was responsible for advising and guiding the themes, topics and the symposium’s overall structure. He also contributed in organizing interactive sessions where students from 8 different regions of the world shared their views of ways to promote sustainable food systems for healthy diets and improved nutrition. In addition, Dr. Hamadeh demonstrated ESDU’s vision and programs in a presentation entitled “Response to The Food Security Crisis in Conflicts; Embedding Development into Relief’. He focused on enhancing food system resilience in areas affected by climate change and other crisis. Last but not least, Ms. Dominique Anid, ESDU Health & Nutrition Officer, talked about FHF’s initiatives, that focus on women empowerment and which were conducted in collaboration with ESDU. She also delivered a presentation entitled “Women Empowerment for Improved Household Access to Healthy Diets in Lebanon”.
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