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New report: “Carbonating the World”

The WPHNA salutes the new report “Carbonating the World. The marketing and Health Impact of Sugar Drinks in Low- and Middle- income Countries”, published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The report explains how the two major global soft-drink producers have shifted to invest and to grow their market among low- and middle-income countries to overcome the declining sales in high-income countries. The report mentions the main strategies used by these corporations and also provides some recommendations to governments, civil society and the catering industry to overcome the massive growth of sugar-sweetened beverages market on emerging countries.Read More

Brazil fights against marketing to children

On April 4, 2014, Brazil published a new resolution by the National Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents (CONANDA), in which all types of publicity directed towards children are considered abusive. The resolution mentions that directing publicity and any type of market communication to children with the intention of persuading them to the consumption of any product or service is abusive, therefore illegal according to the National Code for Consumer Protection. The resolution entered into force on the date of its publication, and covers all types of media, such as printed materials, television and radio commercials, banners and websites, labels, merchandising, promotions of any kind and activities in sale points and events. Read More

WPHNA is a Biodiversity Champion

The Association has been declared a Biodiversity Champion by the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in recognition of its important contribution to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. “WPHNA has a strong commitment to the promotion of biodiversity for food and nutrition, and the concept of sustainable diets which has biodiversity at its core,” said Barrie Margetts, WPHNA President. Read More

Building nutrition workforce capacity crucial for European Action Plan

The Israel Ministry of Health hosted a meeting of the WHO Regional Office for Europe with Nutrition Focal Points from 10-13 March. The aim of the meeting was to develop a draft action plan for food and nutrition for Europe, to be formally adopted in Vienna in July 2013. The meeting consisted of short presentations of the challenges, recent developments and highlighted some examples of different approaches being adopted in Member States. The Association were invited to attend as Advisors, and asked to make a presentation on the importance of improving nutrition capacity within the health sector for the success of the Action Plan.Read More