Queen Letizia of Spain was in Rome, Italy on Thursday, November 20, for the Second International Conference on Nutrition hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization. Letizia gave a speech about nutrition, speaking to an audience of delegates from 172 countries around the world, including Pope Francis – who also spoke, saying that the right to a healthy diet was about dignity, not charitable handouts.
“The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) is an inclusive inter-governmental meeting on nutrition jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).”
“Global leaders on Wednesday approved the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and Framework for Action, embracing voluntary principles aimed at addressing today’s major nutrition challenges and identifying priorities for enhanced international cooperation on nutrition. Among its priorities are to forge ways to tackle obesity, a growing global health problem even in lower-income countries, to combat micronutrient deficiencies that affect two billion people worldwide, and assure access of all people to healthy diets required for their individual development.”
Below is the transcript of part of Letizia’s speech, in Spanish:
- Invertir en mejorar la nutrición aumenta la productividad y el crecimiento económico, reduce obviamente los costes en atención sanitaria y promueve la educación, la capacidad intelectual y el desarrollo social.
- Una mujer con acceso a la educación supone un beneficio para toda la comunidad. En otras palabras, cuando se centra la atención en las mujeres, la repercusión en los hogares es mayor y, por tanto, el impacto social es enorme.
- La evidencia científica basada en la investigación rigurosa es esencial para avalar vías de actuación en ámbitos como la innovación en el sector agroalimentario o los efectos de los alimentos sobre nuestra salud.
- Las multinacionales del sector de la alimentación y de la agricultura deben acompañar a las agencias internacionales ya los gobiernos en su tarea de promover la salud pública. Por eso, promover la convergencia entre los intereses comerciales y la responsabilidad política de la salud es fundamental.
Below is the Google translation:
- Investing in improving nutrition increases productivity and economic growth, obviously reduces health care costs and promotes education, intellectual capacity and social development.
- A woman with access to education is a benefit for the entire community. In other words, when attention is focused women, the impact on households is higher and, therefore, the social impact is enormous.
- Scientific evidence based on rigorous research is essential to endorse courses of action in areas such as innovation in the food industry or the effects of food on our health.
- Multinationals in the food industry and agriculture must accompany international agencies and governments in their efforts to promote public health. Therefore, promoting convergence between commercial interests and political responsibility for health is critical.
Here is a video of her speech:
Letizia looked great in a red dress and heels, and smartly had her hair pulled back into an updo so her hair would not get in the way while she was giving her speech. She had notes and checked them throughout her speech, but she was engaged and looked at the audience more than she checked her notes. Excellent job by Her Majesty of Spain.
I thought it would be nice, after the kerfuffle Prince William and Kate Middleton caused over their NY trip, to highlight a royal doing great work with their position. Shout out to Lauri from Ca for bringing this to my attention.
More photos in the gallery during her speech, with José Graziano da Silva, and signing the Golden Book upon her arrival.
Photos: Copyright ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto