IBFAN Africa 9th Regional Conference theme: "Prevention and Management of Chronic Malnutrition through Appropriate IYCF Practices." IBFANers are urged to source funds for participation in the Regional Conference to be held in Uganda. The conference which was earmarked for September/October 2014 has now been postponed to 2015 ; exact dates will be communicated in due course. Keep on visiting this site for more details.
FAO/WHO Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)
Place: FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
Date: 19–21 November 2014
The aim of ICN2 is to create consensus on how to address major nutrition challenges—including undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and overweight—with a view to achieving the global nutrition targets by 2025 set by the World Health Assembly.
A key goal is to achieve coherence between food supply and public health policies, as they both contribute to food and nutrition security. Participants will also examine the best ways of scaling up proven interventions for tackling all forms of malnutrition.
ICN2 will identify public policy priorities at the national and global levels. It will be the first high-level intergovernmental conference on nutrition since the first International Conference on Nutrition was organized by FAO and WHO in 1992.
Participants will include experts from food and agriculture, health and other sectors as well as United Nations agencies and other intergovernmental organizations, civil society, researchers, the private sector and consumer associations.
In 1981, the World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted the (the Code), to date completed and extended by fifteen subsequent relevant WHA resolutions forming integral part of it. The Code aims to ensure that parents can make fully informed decisions about infant and young child feeding by banning marketing practices that undermine breastfeeding. The Code thus contributes to safeguarding the health of infants and young children. In 1989, the (CRC) has enshrined breastfeeding protection, promotion and support in its article 24, which articulates the right of the child to the enjoyment of the ‘highest attainable standard of health’. The CRC’s , which interprets this right, specifies that besides States’ obligation to implement and enforce the Code (para 44), baby food companies have the direct obligation to comply with it in all contexts (para 81, emphasis added).
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On the 27th of June 2014, a resolution was adopted in the UN Human Rights Council that will begin the process of elaborating an international legally binding instrument on business and human rights. Despite strong opposition from the EU and US, the resolution received affirmative votes from 20 member States on the Human Rights Council, while 13 States abstained.
Geneva, 30 June (Kinda Mohamadieh*) – The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted, through a vote, a historic and significant resolution to start a process for an international legally instrument on transnational corporations.
Officially entitled “Elaboration of an international legally binding instrument on Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises with respect to Human Rights” (A/HRC/26/L.22) the resolution was adopted on 26 June at the 26th session of the HRC.
The resolution was co-sponsored by Ecuador and South Africa, and also supported by Bolivia, Cuba and Venezuela. In the vote on the resolution, 20 Members of the HRC supported the resolution, while 13 Members abstained, and 14 Members voted against it.
IBFAN-ICDC is proud to announceits latest global monitoring report: “Breaking the Rules, Stretching the Rules 2014 (BTR)”
BTR describes evidence of Code violations collected over the period of January 2011 to December 2013. The Rules are the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent World Health Assembly resolutions (the Code), which are the yardstick to measure compliance by all companies in all countries. This report contains evidence of more than 800 violations from 81 countries.
Entries were submitted by individual monitors and IBFAN groups around the globe. Evidence was compiled, checked and legally analysed using the International Code and subsequent WHA resolutions as minimum standards.
The BTR is available for purchase in one entire report or separately by company.
Click here for Executive summary of the report: http://www.ibfanicdc.org/files/1__Preliminary_pages_5-2-2014.pdf
Click here to view ICDC legal update issue: http://www.ibfan-icdc.org/files/Jan_2014-2.pdf
IBFAN Africa is pleased to announce the launch of the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW )2014. The theme asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding- in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) countdown, and beyond.
The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) applauds IBFAN AFRICA and its Network for consistently celebrating World Breastfeeding Week (WBW)!
This year WABA celebrates 22 years of coordinating WBW, and asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding in the current Millennium Development Goals countdown, the post 2015 agenda and beyond.
If you are organising an event, please let WABA know by making a PLEDGE for your event, which will be noted on the special Pledge Map on the WBW 2014 website. See the simple Pledge Form here: http://www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org/
We call on all celebrants of WABA World Breastfeeding Week to Protect, Promote and Support Breastfeeding: it is a vital Life-Saving Goal!
World Breastfeeding Week 2014 slogan and theme: BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal for Life!
The theme asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding - in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) countdow, and beyond.
WBW 2014 Objectives are: