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Webinar: HIV prevention: antibodies and vaccine development

The International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) are hosting a successful second IUIS Webinar Series: Immunology without Borders, and are happy to announce the next live webinar on “HIV prevention: antibodies and vaccine development” with Lynn Morris on July 26!

About the Webinar

Despite 40 years of research the HIV epidemic remains a significant global health challenge and an HIV vaccine is still elusive. The recent results from the AMP trial have shown that a broadly neutralizing antibody can provide protection from infection. This has important implications for the pipeline of HIV broadly neutralizing antibodies being developed for prevention as well as vaccines that aim to elicit protective antibodies. This webinar will discuss the role of antibodies in both passive and active vaccination approaches.

When: Mon, Jul 26, 2021 · 3:00 PM CEST 

World Obesity Policy Laboratory

World Obesity Policy Laboratory: Obesity and food system actions under the microscope

As we reach the halfway point of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition, now is the time to review our progress to date and assess whether global food systems can deliver healthy and sustainable diets for everyone.

COVID-19 has exposed vulnerabilities in our current environments and revealed strained food systems alongside the absence of processes to protect the health of vulnerable populations, including people living with obesity. With undernutrition, overweight and obesity, and poor nutrition at risk of being exacerbated because of the ongoing pandemic, actions to strengthen food systems and address the commercial determinants of health are urgently needed to improve the food environments for everybody.

•             Date: Tuesday, 13th July

•             Time: 13:00 – 14:45 BST

The World Obesity policy laboratory will explore food systems’ central role in addressing the obesity pandemic. Through several case studies, speakers will highlight best practices on what has or should be implemented to achieve healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems for everyone.

The event precedes the launch of their policy dossier on food systems and a briefing on the topic in September.

For full details of the speakers, visit the website here.

UNFSS Science Days Side Event. Achieving healthy diets for all: What are the gaps constraining progress?

Tuesday July 6th 13:30 -15:00 CET

Healthy diets are at the heart of the goals of the UN Food Systems Summit. Yet the global expert community has not coalesced around a common definition of a healthy diet, and comprehensive guidelines to characterize them across contexts are debated. In this session we will explore challenges and gaps to characterizing and achieving healthy diets. Presentations will address issues of food classification systems, evidence to identify and balance trade-offs between food and the environment, the role of indigenous foods, and issues related to food affordability. As an output of the session, areas of consensus and research priorities will be identified.


•   Introduction: Lynnette M. Neufeld, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Geneva, Switzerland

•   Food processing and implications for characterizing healthy diets, Jean-Claude Moubarac, Department of Nutrition, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada

•   Indigenous food systems and their potential for healthy diets and sustainable production, Namukolo Covic, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

•  Identifying and balancing food production and environment trade-offs, Marco Springmann, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

•   Food prices, diet costs and affordability, William Masters, Friedman School of Nutrition, Tufts University, Boston, USA

•   Comment and facilitated discussion, Fabrice deClerck, EAT/Stockholm Resilience Centre; Anna Lartey, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana

Contact: Lynnette M. Neufeld,

It’s not too late to register for the 2nd WHO Western Pacific Region Partners’ Forum

WHO are pleased to extend the registration deadline for the Second WHO Western Pacific Region Partners Forum to midnight (GMT+8) tonight! If you have not yet registered, please do so here using code: P@rtn3rsh!ps21

The Forum takes place this week 30 June-2 July.

A detailed session outline is available on the event page. Highlights include:

  • Opening of the Forum by Dr Takeshi Kasai, WHO’s Regional Director for the Western Pacific
  • In-depth interactive sessions on key public health challenges for the Region
  • On Friday they’ll focus on engaging young people in public health and discuss practical ways for early and mid-career professionals to work with WHO
  • The opportunity to participate in their research project, “Exploring factors of success in public health partnerships in the Western Pacific”

They are excited to be using a virtual platform that enables them to connect with partners in different ways. You’ll be able to:

  • Let others know more about you by building your profile – upload a photo and tell us what interests you
  • Join a session of “speed partnering” on Day 1 and get to know other partners and WHO staff
  • Browse the virtual Partners Expo, where partners are showcasing their work (or sign up here to set up a booth of your own)
  • Make appointments with WHO technical directors, and with Dr Takeshi Kasai

The Forum platform will be open from 06:00 GMT+8 on 30 June to give you some time to get used to it before the opening session at 09:00.

World Food Convention 2021

At the World Food Convention – “Science for the society – How to secure food in a sustainable way” latest presentations from leading experts await you. Find out who they are and follow their live discussions on June 24th from 2:00 pm CEST (+2UTC).

The global society is facing major challenges. The growing population of the planet must be fed in a fair and sustainable manner. Producing enough food causes new, different problems which harm the climate. On top of that, the COVID-19 pandemic endangers the security of food production and the stability of supply chains, threatening food safety.

Against this backdrop, scientific institutions as well as companies from both the old and the new economy are searching for ways to cope with these challenges. At the 5th World Food Convention, the leading minds from science, politics and the economy will discuss how food security can be ensured all over the planet without further exacerbating climate change and to find strategies to address these issues with regard to possible future pandemics.

The focus will not only be on the technological and technical aspects of food production and distribution but also on related ethical questions and political considerations. Topics will include genome editing, carbon farming, the farm to fork strategy, food security and innovations in food.

IUNS at ASN Nutrition 2021 Live Online

Nutrition 2021 Live Online, starts today. The American Society for Nutrition’s Conference promises four days of the latest science from the leading nutrition researchers and academics, clinical practice breakthroughs, the latest public policy and practices.

 IUNS features on the schedule with “IUNS Actions on Capacity Development, Global Health and Sustainability”, a sponsored satellite symposium chaired by IUNS president, J. Alfredo Martinez MD, PHD, and IUNS Secretary General, Catherine Geissler, BDS, MS, PhD.

The Symposium takes place Tuesday, June 8, 2021 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM EDT and concludes with a live panel discussion.

This session discusses the diverse IUNS activities and approaches to sustainability, global nutrition, and capacity development. 

Specific examples of how Traditional and Ethnic Foods and Capacity Building by IUNS in South Asia, are applicability to addressing sustainability and unstable global food systems exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic; Taking a multifaceted approach to Planetary Nutrition concerns by incorporating precision-personalized nutrition with wider planetary considerations to address public health issues; How IUNS supports building capacity among nutrition scientists to implement dietary guidelines at a policy level within African countries will be presented. The session will conclude with a brief presentation from Professor Hisanori Kato about the 22nd ICN of IUNS to be held in Tokyo, Japan 2022.

Symposium Presentations:

  • IUNS Leadership on Global Food Concerns
    • Presented by Vishweshwaraiah Prakash, PhD – IUNS & CSIR-INDIA Former Director of CFTRI-INDIA
  • IUNS Insights on Dietary Guidelines in Africa
    • Presented by Francis B. Zotor, Ph.D Public Health Nutrition – IUNS & University of Health and Allied Sciences, Hohoe, Ghana
  • Planetary, Population and Personalized Precision Nutrition: IUNS Perspectives
    • Presented by J. Alfredo Martinez, MD PhD – IUNS & Universidad de Navarra, Spain
  • The Power of Nutrition: For the Smiles of 10 Billion People: The 22nd International Congress of Nutrition of IUNS, Tokyo, Japan 2022
    • Presented by Hisanori Kato, PhD – 22nd IUNS-ICN Organizing Committee & The University of Tokyo

“Obesity: Advancing the global food and health agendas” webinar. Registration open

On Monday 7th June from 15:00 – 16:00 CEST, World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and World Obesity will host a virtual health talk as part of WHO Food Systems Dialogues Week.
During a World Obesity Day eventObesity: Setting the global agenda” Dr Tedros introduce a new Coalition that will lead, coordinate and drive action on obesity globally.

Following this, the conversation is now moving forward to discuss how partners are advancing the food and health agendas to address obesity.

This event will introduce the new Global Obesity Coalition’s work streams on narrative, regulation and primary health care, with a panel of speakers from government, UN and civil society debating some of the challenges in multi-sector approaches, as well as the opportunities provided by the UN Food System Summit to advance global action on obesity.

Registration is open

Spanish Language Two Day Course June 16th and 17th: “Clinical Nutrition, Mediterranean Diet and Physical Activity”

As part of the IUNS’s commitment to building capacity and developing the skills of early career nutritionists we provide information about relevant, high-quality online nutrition courses and upcoming events.
In this context, we are sharing an upcoming event for our Spanish speaking Adhering Bodies.

FINUT are providing a two-day online course, delivered in Spanish on “Clinical Nutrition, Mediterranean Diet and Physical Activity”
The Course takes place on June 16th and 17th.
Registration is €12 and the price includes: access to the 2 days of course, certificate of attendance and unlimited access to the videos of the presentations following the course.

40th Anniversary of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes Online event, 21 May 2021

Please join us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (the Code) by the 34th World Health Assembly.   Let’s celebrate our achievements by learning about the Code, and get equipped to take on country-level Code implementation.

Hear from leading speakers on:

  • The achievement of the Code in its first 40 years,
  • How the baby food industry marketing practices influence feeding decisions and public health,
  • How governments enforce legislation to protect against these marketing practices,
  • Tools and strategies for strengthening the Code and subsequent resolutions in years to come.  

Get inspired and engaged by hearing the voices of Government from countries around the globe discussing the strategies they have used to protect mothers and babies from inappropriate marketing and promotion of breastmilk substitutes and the stories of mothers themselves impacted by the Code.  

Sponsored by the Global Breastfeeding Collective, including UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and more than 25 prominent international agencies calling on governments, policy makers, development partners and civil society to increase investment in breastfeeding worldwide.  

21 May 2021 at 14:00 to 15:30 CET (8:00 am New York, 14:00 Geneva, 15:00 Nairobi, 17:00 Islamabad, 21:00 Tokyo) in English, Russian, French, Spanish, and Arabic. (Click here to see the event time in your area.) Live stream via Zoom. Free registration required: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.  

For more information, visit the event page.