In a letter in BMJ signed by 188 food and health experts from 38 countries called on the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, and the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Ghebreyesus, to initiate an inclusive process to develop guidelines on human rights, healthy diets and sustainable food systems. The letter notes, “As we approach the midpoint in the UN Decade on Nutrition, the status quo is untenable and bold actions are needed.
Market forces, alone, are failing to deliver healthy diets and sustainable food systems. Human rights guidelines can help mobilize multisectoral action, strengthen State and private sector accountability, and deepen community engagement in the urgent task of achieving the relevant Sustainable Development Goal targets in Agenda 2030. We have identified possible areas of focus for the guidelines as well as key steps in the process of developing guidelines, and potential impacts.”