WHO Global Network of Institutions for Scientific Advice on Nutrition
Report of the first meeting, 11-12 March 2010, Geneva, Switzerland
Establishing a Global Network of Institutions for Scientific Advice on Nutrition was part of WHO's effort in strengthening its role for providing scientific advice on nutrition and developing evidence-informed policy and programme guidance. In the context of increasing globalization of the food market, greater synergy is needed in nutrition recommendations and guidance. It is especially important to harmonize the methods for assessing evidence and concepts for both scientific purposes (e.g. dietary reference values, health claims) and for policy purposes (e.g. translating science into policy).
The main aim of the Global Network of Institutions, therefore, is to bring together major public institutions who develop diet- and nutrition-related guidelines in order to facilitate synergies and avoid duplication of work in this area. The first meeting was held in Geneva, on 11 - 12 March 2010, to share information on each institution's on-going and planned work and explore possibilities of collaboration and joint efforts with a view to harmonize the development and implementation of diet- and nutrition-related recommendations and guidelines.