World Health Assembly Side Event

Nutrition education and IDF action on junk food and serving sizes, to tackle obesity and prevent diabetes among children, women and those at risk

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHA is the highest level health-focused political meeting of the year, and takes place each May in Geneva (Switzerland) in the Palais des Nations – headquarters of the United Nations (UN). It provides a unique platform to engage with policymakers and network with other health-related organisations.
During the WHA week, numerous side events about different health issues take place in Geneva.

Nutrition education is an important topic which feeds most of IDF initiatives and projects, due to its impact in both obesity and type 2 diabetes prevention, and in the management of all types of diabetes.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) cordially organized a panel discussion between nutrition experts, government representatives and people living with diabetes on how to overcome the gaps in nutrition education to ensure a healthy future for the next generations, including how to scale up nutrition education and address junk food and serving sizes.

During this event, IDF will also present recent developments in the Kids & Diabetes in Schools initiative, a project aiming to foster a safe and supportive environment in schools, create a better understanding of diabetes and support children with this condition.

Lawrence Haddad, GAIN’s Executive Director, will take part in the panel discussion.


Lawrence Haddad

Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)