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SUGAR: what’s going on? An update

There is growing evidence showing that sugars may have an addictive effect in humans, and it has been proved that added sugar is linked with several diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, as well as dental cavities. Not surprisingly, sugar remains an issue high on the international nutrition agenda, with many ongoing initiatives and debates. Here is a selection of updates, with links to reports, news and scientific articles.Read More

Our new governing document: results from the membership consultation

Earlier this year, we conducted a membership consultation regarding the move of the Association as a registered charity in the UK, and the contents of our new governing document. We have updated our governing document because our original constitution was incorporated in Austria, which was where two of our original governing body resided. This created a very difficult language barrier for the Executive Committee to conduct the Association’s business, and the best option identified was to ensure that all documents and procedures occurred in English. Regarding the move of the Association as a charity in the UK, 95.31% of voting members were in favour. Regarding the new governing document, again 95.31% were in favour and approved the draft. The final version of the document will now be sent to the UK authorities.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

Association’s response to consultation on Third Draft of the Global Action Plan on the Prevention and Control of NCDs

The Association has been actively engaged in many important international activities. Along with other partners we have contributed comments on the Draft Global Action Plan on the prevention and control of NCDs. The main thrust of our contribution has been to support and emphasis the importance of developing and supporting the nutrition workforce to deliver and evaluate the implementation of the plans of action. We suggested wording that encouraged member states to protect food policy from the undue influences of vested interests.Read More