|Essays on Food, Hunger, Nutrition, Primary Health Care and Development (AVIVA, 480 p.)|
|33. The World Declaration on Nutrition and the 1992 International Conference on Nutrition (ICN) Plan of Action: The Cutting Edge of Conventional Thinking.*|
If one can paraphrase the two Director's General of WHO and FAO in their speeches, the ICN was to represent the crowning achievement of all our past efforts; on that count, I think the achievement was poor. If the ICN was to represent a planetary pact for nutritional wellbeing - I think the pact was weak. If the ICN was to open a new area for dialogue and concerted action - I think the dialogue was there, the concerted action remains to be seen. If the ICN allowed us to take a new look at the fundamental issues of food and nutrition - I think the look was definitely not new. If the answer to the food and nutrition problems can only be found through profound reflection and unfailing determination - I think the reflection remained rather shallow and the determination, so far, is mostly only on paper.
It is easy to be a general after the battle, and for that I take full blame. The period leading towards ICN had an air of low expectations that I felt very strongly in my involvement in the early preparatory stages in Africa. UNCEN's euphoria was difficult to beat, granted. But ICN could have done better.
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