Calls for public-private partnerships and collaborations on nutrition and non-communicable disease polices are now part of the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations (UN) agenda. Such partnerships can present unique challenges, especially when they involve commercial entities whose products which are high in fat, salt and sugar contribute to obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Efforts to address governance gaps on conflict of interest (COI) for food and nutrition policy are been considered in the academic and civil society community. As a result twenty diverse opinion-forming stakeholders from 14 low, middle and high income countries across six continents assembled and shared experiences of multi-sectorial initiatives to address COI on nutrition and NCDs prevention research, policy and practice. The meeting was jointly convened by the UK Health Forum and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Population and Public Health, and supported by a conference grant provided by the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Conference Centre. The result was a summary of key actions to help move work in this area forward including raise awareness, and provide guidance to policy makers, academics and civil society groups. The complete report on actions, rationale and recommendation was released this year.