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Queen Letizia in Italy for nutrition symposium

Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain travelled to Rome, Italy, yesterday for a nutrition symposium hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva meeting Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain upon her arrival at FAO/WHO International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition at FAO headquarters. Photo: FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva meeting Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain upon her arrival at FAO/WHO International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition at FAO headquarters. Photo: FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto

Queen Letizia, who is a Special Ambassador for Nutrition for FAO, attended the International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition alongside over 600 other guests. Her Majesty was in Rome for the second day of the event.

FAO said in a press release, “The two-day meeting allowed for information sharing and deeper analyses of the principal tasks the world faces – and some of the successes that have been achieved – in tackling contemporary dietary challenges, as well as the presentation of strategies to overhaul the way food is produced, processed and distributed.”

There are over two billion people in the world who have micronutrient deficiencies that impact their health. FAO stated, “An estimated 150 million children below five years of age suffer stunting and other related growth problems due to inadequate diets. At the same time, 1.9 billion people are overweight, including 600 million classified as obese.”

The Queen was involved in the session that that reviewed the outcomes of the symposiums working groups. FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva had this to say about Her Majesty, “Her work and personal commitment as FAO’s Special Ambassador for Nutrition is a priceless contribution in the fight against malnutrition around the world.”

Photographer Peter Menzel and editor Faith D'Aluisio presenting their exhibit 'What I Eat: Around the World in 80 diets' to FAO Special Ambassador for Nutrition Queen Letizia of Spain. Photo: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto

Photographer Peter Menzel and editor Faith D’Aluisio presenting their exhibit ‘What I Eat: Around the World in 80 diets’ to FAO Special Ambassador for Nutrition Queen Letizia of Spain. Photo: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto

While at the symposium, Queen Letizia also participated in TedTalk, which was a special event regarding the role that chefs play in this campaign. She then visited the special exhibition “What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.” This photographic exhibit shows the different elements of diets across the world and the foods relied upon.

The Queen was appointed as Special Ambassador to the FAO in June 2015. The FAO works to eradicate and prevent hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. Furthermore, it also works to end poverty around the globe and to promote equal social and economic progress for everyone.

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