Our World Nutrition Congress held in Rio de Janeiro in April 2012 in partnership with the Brazilian Association of Collective Health (ABRASCO) was a success. It was the first major international nutrition meeting run successfully without any funding from conflicted industries. Critical funding for the congress came mainly from the Brazilian Ministry of Health, in addition to support from many other Brazilian government agencies. The congress was held at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), another crucial partner.
We received 1800 participants from 50 countries to discuss the big challenges in global public health nutrition and, more importantly, to move beyond a description of the problems to a discussion of concrete actions to be taken to address these challenges. To enable this discussion, the meeting encouraged exchange and active participation and debate and sharing of experience of what works and what does not work. The aim was to enable us to improve nutrition related health and well-being in the worst affected people.
If you were not at the congress, you can access reports and videos from the congress on the congress website: www.worldnutritionrio2012.com. The website is available in English and Portuguese.
The Congress showed that even when we know what we should do, doing the right things is a challenge. Repeatedly it was shown that a major constraint to effective action is a lack of capacity, of people, of systems and structures. Political commitment and sound governance are crucial, but without people to shape actions and to implement and evaluate policies and programmes, progress will be too slow. Training and supporting people, building sound institutions, including strong civil societies is critical to both the delivery of programmes but also to hold governments to account- to make sure they deliver their promises.
One important product of the congress that captures the essence of such discussions was the Rio Declaration, published in our journal World Nutrition in June 2012.
The abstracts presented in the congress will be published in a special issue of the journal Public Health Nutrition, and will be available free of charge.
For more highlights of World Nutrition Rio2012, click here.
At the time of the congress, we published a series of preparatory pieces with news, information about the congress itself and also about Rio de Janeiro. Here is a compilation of the articles:
Welcome to Rio
More on Rio: getting around, visiting a favela and more
Speaker profiles: Luiz Facchini, Sharon Friel, Bjorn Ljungqvist, Cecilia Castillo, Branca Legetic, Muhammad Ali Dhansay
Speaker profiles: Bent Egberg Mikkelsen , Lindsay Allen, Francesco Branca, Graham MacGregor, Walter Willett, Mary Shawa
Speaker profiles: Carlos Monteiro, Harriet Kuhnlein, Fabio Gomes, Ibrahim Elmadfa, Shiriki Kumanyika, Juan Rivera
Speaker profiles: César Victora, Marion Nestle, Claude Fischler, Tim Lang, Renato Maluf, Emorn Wasantwasut
Making interactivity work for us
Get your abstracts ready
Congress theme, scope, title, hosts