15th Anniversary of the Innocenti Declaration on the Protection, Promotion & Support of Breastfeeding

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Fifteen years ago, at the WHO/UNICEF policymakers' meeting on "Breastfeeding in the 1990s: A Global Initiative" in Florence, Italy,
the  Innocenti Declaration on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding was produced and adopted. the Declaration, adopted by all WHO and UNICEF Member States, has been a key strategy on improving health of infants and young children through optimal nutrition.

To mark the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Innocenti Declaration the Regional Authority of Tuscany and the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre will co-host a celebration in Florence on
21 and 22 November 2005. This celebratory event is jointly organized by a wide coalition . Fore more information, please click here.

Remembering Innocenti

Image of Innocenti Building.
Florence, Italy.
Source: Peggy Koniz-Booher.
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The Innocenti Declaration reflects the content of the original background document for the WHO/UNICEF policymakers' meeting on "Breastfeeding in the 1990s: A Global Initiative", and the views expressed in group and plenary sessions.  Please click on the links to view the Innocenti Declaration & other
useful documents

This drawing by Pablo Picasso is used by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI)

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15th Anniversary Celebrations

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the “Innocenti Declaration on  the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding”, the Regional Authority of Tuscany, in collaboration with WHO, UNICEF,
USAID, WABA, IBFAN, LLLI and ILCA, and with the support of the Meyer Hospital, is
organizing a 2 day conference in Florence on the 21 & 22 November 2005.

Coming up soon...
The importance of the Innocenti Declaration and this 15th Anniversary celebrations: Quotes from people who have been working to improve infant and young child feeding since the Innocenti meeting in 1990.

Our  Vision  For   the  Future

An environment that enables mothers, families & other caregivers to make informed decisions about optimal feeding & provides the skilled support needed to achieve the highest attainable standard of health &  development for infants & young  children.


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Innocent Declaration
   2005 now available in: Arabic/English/ French/
Participants List
Press Release
Revised Program
Key Messages in :
English| Italian


"Healthy mothers and healthy babies: eliminating environmental contaminants.
Chemical contaminants can enter the body through food and exposure to toxic substances.
Protecting the safety of the food supply, beginning with mother's food and the milk she produces, is essential to meet every child's human right to adequate food and health.
As noted at the 1990 Innocenti Meeting, breastmilk, a natural and renewable resource, protects the environment from the waste from manufacturing, transportation, bovine waste products, plastics, and cans

Quote provided by
Miriam Labbok, UNICEF.


Website Information

This website is maintained by the
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).
WABA is a global network of individuals and organisations concerned with the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide. WABA action is based on the Innocenti Declaration, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the Global Strategy for Infant & Young Child Feeding.

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