Reflecting on a Successful Council Meeting: Moving Forward with Optimism

We are delighted to share with you the highlights from our recent Council meeting held on 29 February and 1 March 2024 in London. It was an enriching gathering where our Council members and the Secretariat came together to discuss vital topics and chart a course for the IUNS and our members’ future.

During the meeting, we engaged in fruitful discussions on a range of topics, and some of them were:

IUNS-ICN in Paris 2025
Our upcoming ICN is fast approaching. It is going to happen in Paris from Sunday 24 August to Friday 29 August 2025 and the main theme is “Sustainable Food for Global Health”. You can find out more information about it at this website: https://www.icn2025.org.

Shortlisting of IUNS-ICN 2029 Bids
While we are anticipating the IUNS-ICN in Paris next year, we are already on our way to preparing for the IUNS-ICN 2029. We received a good number of letters of intent and all of them are very attractive. We cannot wait to announce the shortlisted bids soon and let you vote for the next host of this global prestigious event at our General Assembly in Paris.

Membership Survey Results
We would like to thank all our Adhering Bodies who have participated in our membership survey. Your input, ideas, and participation are invaluable as we work towards building a better IUNS for all. We reaffirmed our commitment to strengthening communication and collaboration internationally. Through various future outreach programmes and events, we aim to cultivate more bonds and engagements and empower every member of the IUNS.

Task Force on Private Sector Engagement
IUNS is deeply committed to in-person scientific meetings as a critical component to meet our aims for knowledge and evidence sharing, networking and capacity development in the nutrition community.  IUNS has formed a new task force to address the role of private sector sponsorship as part of sustainable financial models for such meetings. The aim of the task force is to develop a set of evidence-informed, feasible, replicable criteria to screen private sector companies as eligible to provide financial sponsorship for IUNS-ICN, and to provide suggestions for financing IUNS-ICN from diverse sources.  Building on the IUNS Private Sector Engagement Policy published in 2021, the updated guidance will be used by the organizers of IUNS-ICN Paris 2025. The seven-member task force comprises participants from diverse world regions and holds diverse perspectives related to private sector engagement.  The latter was purposeful to ensure that the diverse perspectives of our IUNS constituents in this regard are represented. The TF is working on a report of their activities that will be shared with adhering bodies for comment in the coming months.

Looking Forward to Continued and Deeper Engagement with IUNS
As we reflect on the outcomes of our Council meeting, there is much to look forward to in the days ahead. We are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and the positive impact we can collectively achieve. Together, we have the power to promote advancement in nutrition science, research, and development through international cooperation at the global level. We invite you to join us on this journey of progress and transformation to create a more engaging IUNS community and tackle nutrition challenges together.

Stay connected on our upcoming initiatives and events and let us continue to work together to make our world the healthiest it can be.

IUNS Adhering Body the Polish Academy of Sciences supports Ukrainian war-stricken scientists.

We are pleased to share with our members the impressive result of our friendly cooperation with our Adhering Body from Poland.

At the beginning of last spring (March 2022), we received a letter from the Polish Academy of Sciences regarding their humanitarian action to support Ukrainian scientists whose professional life and education have been affected by the war in Ukraine.

They launched a 3-month program for 50 Ukrainian researchers to cover their travel and stay expenses in Poland.

For this reason, they asked IUNS to waive their annual dues as a member of IUNS in order to participate and contribute to the budget intended to support Ukrainian researchers.

one of the IUNS missions is “To promote advancement in nutrition science, research and development through international cooperation at the global level.”

And we deeply believe that research and development will not be possible unless all our colleagues are in safe conditions. For this reason, we agreed to this request, thanking the Polish Academy of Sciences for their actions and for, giving us this opportunity to have a small share in their humanitarian efforts.

In less than a year, right at the beginning of the winter of 2023, we received a message from them that they managed to expand their program and have hosted a total of 192 Ukrainians fellows for up to 10 months; of these numbers, 84% of the fellows were women which makes their programs one of the most notable endeavours also in this respect. 

Throughout the year, they organized 9 training opportunities in English and Ukrainian addressed to Ukrainian scientists. In total, nearly 600 participants attended these workshops. 

 IUNS wish that the war does not stop the progress and development of research in any part of the world.

Announcement: IUNS Council elected

The General Assembly of IUNS took place during the IUNS-ICN Tokyo, Japan in December 2022. We are pleased to announce the newly elected Council as:

  • President: Dr Lynnette Neufeld, Canada
  • President-Elect: Professor Hyun-Sook Kim, South Korea
  • Vice-President: Professor Francis Zotor, Ghana
  • Secretary-General: Professor Jacques Delarue, France
  • Treasurer: Dr Welma Stonehouse, Australia

Council members:

  • Professor Ali Dhansay, South Africa
  • Professor Barbara Burlingame, New Zealand
  • Professor Edith Feskens, Netherlands
  • Dr Rubina Hakeem, Pakistan
  • Professor Sergio Paiva, Brazil
  • Professor Zhaoping Li, USA

The whole Council would like to thank the Adhering Bodies for the nominations and for appointing them to these positions, and the previous IUNS Council members for their service and continual support. The first meeting of the new Council will take place in early 2023.

IUNS at Nutrition for Growth Summit

“We must work together to identify & develop evidence-based policies & to build capacity to create the nutrition leaders for tomorrow. Together, we can enable & lead new ways to address entrenched problems to meet the global nutrition goals,”

Dr Anna Lartey on behalf of IUNS, at Nutrition for Growth 2021

Immediate past president of IUNS, Dr Anna Lartey, delivered a statement to the Nutrition for Growth Summit 2021 livestreamed from Tokyo, Japan. The Summit took place over two days, December 7 and December 8, 2021.

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) is the global opportunity for leaders to invest in nutrition as part of a COVID-19 recovery and beyond, and to ensure that nutrition remains a priority on the global agenda.

Country governments, donors, philanthropies, international organizations, businesses, civil society organizations, academia and beyond came together to discuss accelerating progress to achieve the global nutrition targets and to end malnutrition in all its forms.

The Summit featured two-days of data-driven financial, policy, programmatic, or impact commitments from all stakeholders, aligned with the thematic pillars of this year’s N4G summit: universal health coverage, resilience, and healthy diets, and underpinned within the lenses of nutrition financing and accountability.

Following the summit, Government and private sector donors have pledged more than US$27 billion at the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit this week to address the global malnutrition and hunger crisis. Represented by five Heads of State and Government, 45 countries with high burdens of malnutrition and a dozen donors delivered renewed policy and financial commitments to end malnutrition. These commitments demonstrate country leadership and prioritization of nutrition at a crucial time, as fiscal resources are constrained, and malnutrition rates are on the rise due to the continuing global COVID-19 pandemic.

You can read more on the outcomes of the summit via the post summit press release here:

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IUNS at Conxemar – FAO Congress

The importance of including omega-3 fatty acids in the diet is an important factor in disease prevention and can  prevent  alterations in genomic expression.  J Alfredo Martinez, IUNS President, recently  presented “Prevention of alterations in genomic expression: the importance of fish in diets” at this year’s joint Conxemar-FAO Congress.

Conxemar, the Spanish Association of Wholesalers, Importers, Manufacturers and Exporters of fish products and Aquaculture, in collaboration with FAO, held the ninth edition of its congress in Vigo, Spain, with focus on the role of fish in nutrition and food systems on October 4, 2021.

You can learn more about the event and view the presentations here.

ICD2021 Virtual Congress

The International Congress of Dietetics (ICD2021) virtual congress ran from 1 to 3 September 2021 and as reported by IUNS Council member, Professor Ali Dhansay, was a great success. Approximately 800 delegates attended this IUNS sponsored event. Professor Dhansay, served as a member of the Local Organising Committee, representing the NSSA (Nutrition Society of South Africa) together with Dr Elize Symington (chair of NSSA). The NSSA partnered with ADSA (Association for Dietetics in South Africa) to host the congress – both organizations are contributing members of the South African National Committee for IUNS.  The ICD falls under the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations (ICDA), which is an Affiliated Body to IUNS.