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World Nutrition Rio2012

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.


News archive

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:

June 2012
Rio2012 Highlights

May 2012
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

April 2012
Rio de Janeiro: the marvellous city by night
Speaker profiles: Boyd Swinburn, David Sanders, Srinath Reddy, Philip James, Kelly Brownell, Enrique Jacoby

March 2012
Rio de Janeiro: the marvellous city by day
Speaker profiles: Mary L’Abbe, Geoffrey Cannon, Patricia Jaime, Zulfiqar Bhutta, Patti Rundall, Werner Schultink

February 2012
Speaker profiles: Bent Egberg Mikkelsen , Lindsay Allen, Francesco Branca, Graham MacGregor, Walter Willett, Mary Shawa

January 2012
Countdown to our Rio2012 congress begins now
Speaker profiles: Corinna Hawkes, Stuart Gillespie, Barbara Burlingame, Renato Maluf, Chunming Chen, Edgard Rebouças

December 2011
Our plans are in place
Speaker profiles: Barry Popkin, Catherine Geissler, Ricardo Uauy, Denise Coitinho, Roger Hughes, Urban Jonsson

November 2011
Speaker profiles: Carlos Monteiro, Harriet Kuhnlein, Fabio Gomes, Ibrahim Elmadfa, Shiriki Kumanyika, Juan Rivera

October 2011
Speaker profiles: César Victora, Marion Nestle, Claude Fischler, Tim Lang, Renato Maluf, Emorn Wasantwasut

September 2011
Creation of our visual identity
Congress video (YouTube)

August 2011
Making interactivity work for us

July 2011
Get your abstracts ready

June 2011
Registration is open now
Rio2012: Philosophy and principles
Our spirals: what they mean

January 2011
Congress theme, scope, title, hosts