Disappointing outcomes of negotiations on Nutrition in the lead up to the International Conference on Nutrition 2

Statement by cso delegation including PHM,  to the open ended working group of the international conference on nutrition 2

Governments met in the FAO Headquarters in Rome from 10-12 October to finalize the Rome Political Declaration and the Framework for Action for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). After 22 years, civil society organizations (CSOs) were expecting significant progress to address the urgent problem of the more than 200 million children who suffer from acute and chronic malnutrition, the 800 million suffering from undernourishment and the 500 million adults with obesity. CSOs consider the outcomes of this negotiation to be totally inadequate to confront the root causes of malnutrition and call into question the lack of commitment of the States to make a real step forward in the fight against malnutrition in all its forms.

PHM calls on WHO in the Western Pacific Region to confront the barriers to health development

The Western Pacific Regional Committee of WHO is meeting from 13 - 17 October, 2014 in Manila, Philippines. In consultation with health groups around the region PHM has prepared a detailed commentary on the main agenda items to be addressed during the meeting.

We invite the delegates of member states to review the commentary and hope that it will further inform work in these areas.

Please take time to read the PHM commentary.

For more details, please read detailed PHM comments on main agenda items for the meeting.

Ebola epidemic exposes the pathology of the global economic and political system

"Why then are we confronted with an Ebola epidemic in West Africa? The answer lies not in the pathology of the disease but in the pathology of our society and the global political and economic architecture. It is not an accident that the present Ebola epidemic has affected three of the poorest countries in the world. Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone number 175, 179 and 183, respectively, out of 187 countries on the United Nation’s Human Development Index. Their health systems are ineffective and almost non-existent in many regions. The present epidemic is one brought upon by poverty and by ruthless exploitation of the region’s natural resources."
"A longer-term solution requires fundamental changes to economic and power relations between these countries (and indeed many others with similar histories) and the capitalist economies and enterprises that continue to bleed them dry, often with the collusion of local officials and elites."

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