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close this bookThe Prevention and Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders - Nutrition policy discussion paper No. 3 (UNSSCN, 1988, 130 p.)
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View the documentACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
View the documentFOREWORD
View the documentINTRODUCTION AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS
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Open this folder and view contents1. INTRODUCTION
Open this folder and view contents2. IDD IN HUMANS AT FOUR STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT AND IN ANIMAL MODELS
Open this folder and view contents3. PREVALENCE OF IODINE DEFICIENCY DISORDERS (IDD)
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View the document5. THE HAZARDS OF IODIZATION
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Open this folder and view contents7. ASSESSING IODINE DEFICIENCY DISORDERS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMMES
Open this folder and view contents8. ELEMENTS OF NATIONAL IODINE DEFICIENCY DISORDERS CONTROL PROGRAMMES
Open this folder and view contents9. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CREATING A GLOBAL STRATEGY
View the document10. SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER RESEARCH AND INVESTIGATION
View the documentREFERENCES
View the documentPHYSIOPATHALOGICAL ASPECTS OF ENDEMIC GOITRE AND CRETINISM
View the documentCOMMENTARY ON DR. HETZEL'S REVIEW OF THE GLOBAL PROBLEM OF IODINE DEFICIENCY DISORDERS
View the documentRELATIVE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF PRESCRIPTIVE VERSUS POPULATION BASED PROPHYLAXIC MEASURES

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UNITED NATIONS


NATIONS UNIES

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE ON COORDINATION/SUBCOMMITTEE ON NUTRITION

ACC/SCN STATE-OF-THE-ART SERIES
NUTRITION POLICY DISCUSSION PAPER NO. 3

by
Basil S. Hetzel, MD, FRCP, FRACP, FFCM, FTS
CSIRO Division of Human Nutrition
Adelaide, Australia

Executive Director, International Council for Control of
Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD)
c/o Health Development Foundation, 8th Floor,
Samuol Way Building, Women's and Children's Hospital,
72 King William Road, North Adelaide. 5006, Australia

with discussion by F. Delange, J. B. Stanbury and F. E. Viteri
and an introduction by M. Lotfi and J. B. Mason

March 1988
reprinted June 1993 with assistance of the Government of the Netherlands

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UNITED NATIONS

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE ON COORDINATION -- SUBCOMMITTEE ON NUTRITION (ACC/SCN)

The ACC/SCN is the focal point for harmonizing the policies and activities in nutrition of the United Nations system. The Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC), which is comprised of the heads of the UN Agencies, recommended the establishment of the Sub-Committee on Nutrition in 1977, following the World Food Conference (with particular reference to Resolution V on food and nutrition). This was approved by the Economic and Social Council of the UN (ECOSOC). The role of the SCN is to serve as a coordinating mechanism, for exchange of information and technical guidance, and to act dynamically to help the UN respond to nutritional problems.

The UN members of the SCN are FAO, IAEA, IFAD, ILO, UN, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNRISD, UNU, WFC, WFP, WHO and the World Bank. From the outset, representatives of bilateral donor agencies have participated actively in SCN activities. The SCN is assisted by the Advisory Group on Nutrition (AGN), with six to eight experienced individuals drawn from relevant disciplines and with wide geographical representation. The Secretariat is hosted by WHO in Geneva.

The SCN undertakes a range of activities to meet its mandate. Annual meetings have representation from the concerned UN agencies, from 10 to 20 donor agencies, the AGN, as well as invitees on specific topics; these meetings begin with symposia on subjects of current importance for policy. The SCN brings certain such matters to the attention of the ACC. The SCN sponsors working groups on inter-sectoral and sector-specific topics.

The SCN compiles and disseminates information on nutrition, reflecting the shared views of the agencies concerned. Regular reports on the world nutrition situation are issued, and flows of external resources to address nutrition problems are assessed. State-of-the-Art papers are produced to summarize current knowledge on selected topics. SCN News is normally published twice per year. As decided by the Sub-Committee, initiatives are taken to promote coordinated activities - inter-agency programmes, meetings, publications - aimed at reducing malnutrition, primarily in developing countries.