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Almaty Declaration of 1996
The following declaration was adopted unanimously at the close of an international conference on National Nutrition Policies fat Kazakstan and the Central Asian Republics in March 1996. Also adopted at the Conference was an Action Plan for dealing with the nutrition problems of the region, which is to be implemented by the governments with the support of international and bilateral agencies. A copy of this Action Plan can be obtained from the Editorial Office of the Food and Nutrition Bulletin, Charles Street Sta., P.O. Box 500, Boston, MA 02114-0500, USA.
Government officials, scientists, nutrition and health professionals, and other representatives of Kazakstan and the Central Asian Republics attending the international conference "The Kazakstan Nutrition Policy in the context of Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978" (Almaty, Kazakstan, 27-28 March 1996) organized by the Institute of Nutrition of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakstan, the Ministry of Health, and the Kazakstan Academy of Preventive Medicine, in cooperation with and support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Health Organization (WHO), and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF);
Considering the above Conference as an important follow-up to the International Conference on Primary Health Care that was held in Alma-Ata in 1978;
Being aware of and focusing on large-scale and specific health and nutrition problems of Kazakstan and the Central Asian Republics which are currently undergoing a difficult period of social and economic restructuring;
Giving special emphasis to securing protection of the most vulnerable population groups, including children and women;
Being in particular concerned that:
Highly appreciating the support provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and other international agencies, donor governments, and non-governmental organizations to measures for the improvement of nutrition and health that are undertaken by the Governments of the Central Asian Republics and Kazakstan;
Stressing the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the first four to six months of life followed by timely and appropriate complementary feeding for the health of the child as well as for the economics of the Central Asian Republics and Kazakstan;
Taking note of:
Therefore, urge the Governments of Kazakstan and the Central Asian Republics to undertake the following major actions:
Appeal to the world community, the United Nations, and other international organizations, bilateral governmental and non-governmental agencies for urgent additional financial and technical support to complete the requirements for implementing the above actions.
The 16th International Congress of Nutrition, under the auspices of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences, will be held at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Quebec, Canada, 27 July-l August 1997. The theme of the congress is "From nutrition science to nutrition practice for better global health." The goal of the programme is to explore the current edge of research in nutrition sciences and the relevance of this information in setting nutrition policy, providing the consumer with quality food products, and making recommendations for nutrition practices that will optimize health through the prevention and treatment of disease. Some symposia will be interdisciplinary, providing an opportunity for integration of knowledge of nutrition topics that reflect international perspectives of basic and applied animal and human nutritionists, educators, food scientists, and regulatory bodies. In addition to daily plenary sessions and the symposia, the scientific programme will highlight panel debates and workshops, both of which are designed to be the working sessions for groups of scientists to discuss interactively current issues in nutrition. Young scientists will be encouraged to attend and participate in the meeting through a competitive travel award programme.
Major themes will include new methodologies in nutrition sciences from genetic engineering to application of stable isotopic tracer techniques. Topics related to basic nutritional physiology and biochemistry will be explored in relation to the needs of specific groups, such as infants, women, athletes, the elderly, indigenous peoples, and people in emerging nations. Current dietary prevention and treatment strategies in cancer, AIDS, severe malnutrition, and atherosclerosis will be explored. New approaches to nutrition education targeted to subspecialists in health care and the global community-at-large will also be featured.
For information contact the Congress Secretariat, 16th International Congress of Nutrition, c/o Conference Services Office, National Research Council Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1A 0R6; telephone (613) 993-7271, fax (613) 993-7250, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Graduate School VLAG (Advanced Studies in Nutrition, Food Technology, Agrobiotechnology, and Health Sciences) in Wageningen, Netherlands, in cooperation with the Working Party on Food Chemistry of the Federation of European Chemical Societies, the Federation of European Nutrition Societies, the European Academy of Nutrition Sciences, and the International Life Sciences Institute (Europe), announces the Bioavailability '97 Symposium to be held at Wageningen, Netherlands, 25 28 May 1997 under the joint chairmanship of Professor A. G. J. Voragen and Professor C. E. West. The programme has been designed to cover all aspects related to nutritional, chemical, and food-processing implications of bioavailability and will comprise keynote lectures, short oral presentations, poster sessions, and workshops.
Further information can he obtained from Mrs. L. A. Duym, Department of Human Nutrition, Wageningen Agricultural University, P. O. Box 8129, 6700 EV Wageningen, Netherlands; telephone +31 317 483054, fax +31 317 483342, E-mail email@example.com. Information can also be found at http://www.wau.nl/vlag/bioava.html.
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