Follow-up action on pending issues and selected regional committee resolutions/decisions for the last three years : nutrition and food safety in the South-East Asia Region (SEA/RC60/R3)
AbstractThe working paper on nutrition and food safety in the South-east Asia Region provides a brief overview of the nutrition and food safety situation in Member States of the South-East Asia (SEA) Region. It indicates that while overall food consumption has increased and nutrition indicators have shown improvement, the global economic crisis and climate change may lead to food insecurity and increase in the number of malnourished individuals. The paper describes some of the key nutrition and food safety indicators in the Region. Activities in nutrition and food safety undertaken during the reporting period and proposed activities to be conducted in the biennium are also tabulated. It concludes by identifying a range of supportive actions from Member States with regard to the promotion of nutrition and food safety in the SEA Region: to increase political commitment in order to promote national nutrition and food safety programmes; to mainstream nutrition and food safety issues into all national health policies and strategies and ensure the implementation of global strategies on infant and young child feeding, food safety, diet, physical activity and health; to strengthen nutrition surveillance systems and implement the WHO Child Growth Standards and Growth References through their full integration into child and adolescent health programmes; to develop and maintain sustainable and comprehensive preventive measures for reducing the burden of foodborne diseases encompassing the complete food-production chain from farm to consumption; to enable active and appropriate participation of national authorities in activities of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, INFOSAN and other international networks; and to strengthen the laboratory capacity for investigating and reporting on foodborne diseases outbreaks. The attached working paper (Doc. SEA/RC63/17) is submitted to the High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting for its review and recommendations. The recommendations made by the HLP Meeting will be submitted to the Sixty-third Session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2010). Follow-up action on pending issues and selected regional committee resolutions/decisions for the last three years : nutrition and food safety in the South-East Asia Region (SEA/RC60/R3). New Delhi: WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/127774. License: World Health Organization
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