WHO European Ministerial Conference on Nutrition and Noncommunicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020

Tasty, nutritional food is key to good health and well-being. Yet today, poor diet, overweight and obesity contribute to a large proportion of noncommunicable diseases, which account for 8 out of 10 deaths in the WHO European Region.

Health ministers, experts and representatives of civil-society and intergovernmental organizations met in Vienna on 4–5 July 2013 to discuss policies on diet, nutrition and physical activity to address the issue of noncommunicable diseases.

Vienna Declaration

Vienna Declaration signed

Following lengthy discussions, ministers signed the Vienna Declaration, committing countries in the European Region to address the root causes of obesity and diet-related NCDs and to empower citizens to make healthy choices.

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Main themes

The main themes of the Conference include:
  • a whole-of-government approach to promoting well-being in the European Region;
  • specific cost-effective policies to tackle diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs);
  • childhood obesity and inequalities in the European Region;
  • the future of monitoring and surveillance of diet and physical activity related NCDs.
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