Food, Nutrition and Human Rights

Reduction of undernutrition and obesity globally: The role of a human rights-based approach in the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition

What are the arguments for applying a human rights-based approach to malnutrition in all forms, and related diseases? What are the “added values” through such an approach?  What obligations do states have to help implement the right to food and health for their populations? How can we develop strong regulatory frameworks to reduce food businesses’ marketing of unhealthy foods to children? 

Welcome to an open international interdisciplinary seminar linking law, human rights and nutrition!

One in every three persons globally are affected by malnutrition, which represents one of the largest  threats for public health, development and economies. Ending this situation is a recognized global goal, a part of the Sustainable Development Goals and the background for the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025. These pivotal challenges can only be solved by new approaches, needing interdisciplinary research and innovative policy development.

By being parties to international human rights treaties, most states in the world are obliged to protect peoples’ rights to adequate food and health. Thus, the human rights framework constitutes an opportunity to increase awareness and strengthen accountability in the context of malnutrition in all forms.

The aim of this seminar is to advance the understanding of how human rights can inform and enhance the global nutrition agenda.

The first part of the program will set out the current global nutrition situation, presenting the global threats of undernutrition and obesity and their drivers. Subsequently, examples of efforts to combat malnutrition will be given, including actions from both international organizations and national governments.

On this background, the seminar will present perspectives on links between diet-related health and international human rights. State obligations to protect, and businesses’ responsibility to respect, human rights relevant for food, nutrition and health, will be addressed. Childhood obesity and unhealthy food marketing will be used as cases.

A panel and plenary debate with some of the speakers will address the added values and challenges of applying a human rights-based approach to combat malnutrition and related diseases. 

The full program will be available mid-February.


Published Jan. 12, 2018 11:16 AM - Last modified Feb. 19, 2018 7:35 PM