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Agriculture Focused Event: Global Nutrition Summit 2017- Milan

Date: Saturday 4 November 2017

Time: 10.00 – 17.00 CET

The Italian Ministry of Health and the City of Milan, will host The Global Nutrition Summit 2017: Milan a high-level event in Milan, Italy on November 4, on nutrition and food for healthier futures.

The Global Nutrition Summit will take stock of commitments made to date, celebrate progress toward global goals on nutrition, and announce new commitments to accelerate the global response to malnutrition. The event is open to governments, civil society, multilateral agencies, private foundations and companies.

After a decade of decline, the recent news that global hunger is on the rise — with the number of undernourished people increasing from 777 to 815 million in 2016 – signals the urgent need for action. During a time of political change around the globe, this event is an opportunity for world leaders to make new pledges and commit to upholding prior ones.

Nutrition plays a critical role not only in child health and survival but also in driving economic prosperity for families and nations. It is encouraging to see increased attention from world leaders to address malnutrition in all its forms and in particular to reduce stunting everywhere. It will take continued efforts and dedication to ensure this progress continues.

The Global Nutrition Summit will build on the legacy of Nutrition for Growth, the first-ever global nutrition conference held in London in 2013, which mobilized over $4 billion for nutrition-specific projects, and $19 billion in nutrition-sensitive projects. The Summit will foster dialogue around emerging issues such as ‘Cities as Innovator Hubs’, ‘Sustainable Food Systems for Optimal Nutrition’ and ‘Gender, health and nutrition.’

The summit will also be the platform for the launch of the 2017 Global Nutrition Report. This independently produced annual report takes stock of countries’ progress towards nutrition-related Sustainable Development Goals, World Health Assembly Maternal Infant and Young Child targets and diet-related Non-Communicable Diseases targets, as well as tracking delivery of donor and country commitments.

The event is being held in collaboration and close partnership with a number of international stakeholders including the UK Department for International Development, the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the International Coalition on Advocacy for Nutrition.

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