Le Centre de Philosophie du Droit de l'Université de Louvain (UCL) et l'APNU co-organisent le 23 avril prochain, sur le site du campus de la Faculté de Médecine à Louvain-en-Woluwe (avenue Hippocrate 74,  1200 Woluwé St Lambert (métro Alma), une conférence débat sur les défis de seconde génération de la luttre contre l'obésité: un dialogue transnational.

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Obesity and associated non-communicable diseases are a global phenomenon, now affecting all world regions. While many countries still experience unacceptably high rates of malnourishment, many are also going through anutrition transition that leads to a growth of type 2 diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases, and certain types of cancers, the result of overconsumption or of diets that are too rich in salt, sugar, and certain fats. The rates of obesity have already doubled between 1980 and 2008, and it is expected that by 2030 around 1.1 billion in the world shall be obese: already today, obesity and overweight result in 3.4 million deaths per year worldwide, more deaths than underweight. We would like to invite you to discuss the future strategies of combating obesity, and how this relates to nutritional advice provided by public authorities. 


The event takes place at the auditorium De Visscher, level 0 of the Tower 74 located on avenue Hippocrate 74 (metro Alma) on the campus of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Louvain (UCL) in Louvain-en-Woluwe in Brussels(building 74-ICP; for the location, see here, and for instructions on how to reach the Institute by car or public transportation, see here).


The debate will be introduced by two presentations by Prof. Olivier De Schutter and Prof. Diana Parra.  Prof. Olivier De Schutter, the former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food (2008-2014), presented a report in his official capacity on that topic in 2012 and he has more recently advocated in favor of a new framework convention to protect and promote healthy diets . He currently co-chairs the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food). Dr. Diana Parra, currently at Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine, Program in Physical Therapy, has collaborated in Brazil with nutritionist Carlos Monteiro in the preparation of what the United States media have called « the best nutritional guidelines in the world » — a radically new approach of what it means to eat well and healthily, that focuses on conviviality, commensality, diversity, and avoidance of heavily processed foods.

The presentations by De Schutter and Parra will be introduced by prof. dr. Jean-Paul Thissen, specialist of nutrition and diabetes prevention at the University of Louvain (UCL). They will be followed by an open discussion that will involve policy-makers from EU and national levels, academic experts, and civil society organizations. The debate will be chaired by Dr. Roberto Bertollini, the representative of the World Heath Organisation (WHO) to the European Union. 

This event is held in English. It is co-organized by the Centre for Philosophy of Law of the University of Louvain (UCL) and by the Association for the United Nations (APNU) (French-speaking Belgium).

For more information and to confirm attendance, please contact Ms Charlotte de Callataÿ at, tel. 010.47.8405.

The presentations are available here under the Section Publications.

Photos in the Galerie.

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