14/03/2013 - 15/03/2013
Where: Autoworld, Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels
Topic: Environment, consumers and health
Organiser: European Commission
The European Commission (EC) is committed to help countries to reduce the number of children who are stunted (those whose physical and mental development has been compromised because of lack of nutritious food) by at least 7 million by 2025. To reach that result, the EC’s policy is to look at the root causes of malnutrition and to focus on three priorities that are relevant for both the humanitarian and the development perspectives. This effort is now consolidated in the Communication "Enhancing Maternal and Child Nutrition in External Assistance: An EU Policy Framework". The communication furthers Europe's fight against the biggest scourge of the 21st Century – child under nutrition. It will be discussed at an EC and Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) event taking place in Brussels on March, 14-15.
This Communication is another example of major role played by the Commission in supporting certain countries in their fight against malnutrition. Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs is a member of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement, led by 33 countries, which aims to create innovative solutions to child under-nutrition. Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva was instrumental in the negotiations for a new Food Assistance Convention, an agreement confirming the international community’s commitment to fight against hunger and improve nutrition.
What: High Level Event on Nutrition
When: Thursday 14 March and Friday 15 March (Opening Speech by Host, Commissioner Andris Piebalgs on 14 March at 10.30)
IP and MEMO will be available one day in advance.