Nutrition

Global Network on the Monitoring of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and subsequent relevant WHA Resolutions

Preliminary Meeting

10-11 April 2014
Geneva, Switzerland

To achieve the Comprehensive Implementation Plan on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition’s target on exclusive breastfeeding, it is important to strengthen the adoption, monitoring and enforcement of national legislation in full compliance with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and all relevant subsequent World Health Assembly Resolutions (Code). The establishment of a fully functioning monitoring framework, protocols and training tools and capacity development to achieve this are crucial.

Therefore, the goal of establishing a Global Network for Monitoring the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and subsequent relevant World Health Assembly Resolutions, formed under the leadership of the World Health Organization’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (WHO/NHD) in collaboration with United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Nutrition Section, is to strengthen Member States and civil society capacity to monitor the Code and through this strengthen Member States’ Code legislation and enforcement of their national regulations by bringing together a group of committed partners to support this process.

The main objectives of the preliminary meeting on a Global Network for Code Monitoring are to:

  • Share and learn from experiences in Code strengthening, monitoring and enforcement
  • Review and advise WHO and UNICEF on how to improve the draft concept note to guide the development of a Global Network for Code Monitoring
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  • WHA A65/11
    Annex 2 - Comprehensive implementation plan on maternal, infant and young child nutrition