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

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Fifteen years ago, at the Spedale degli Innocenti, Florence, Italy, August 1990, participants, including representatives from 30 governments, produced and adopted the Innocenti Declaration on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding. The occasion was the WHO/UNICEF policymakers' meeting on "Breastfeeding in the 1990s: A Global Initiative."
on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding, and 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, including WHO, UNICEF, the Italian National Committee for UNICEF, USAID, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, the International Baby Food Action Network, La Leche League International and the International Lactation Consultant Association. Invitations to attend this event have been sent to 250 individuals and organizations. 

The 15th Anniversary of the Innocenti Declaration provides a unique opportunity to take stock of progress made in the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding since 1990, including the implementation of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, adopted by the World Health Assembly and endorsed by the UNICEF Executive Board in 2002. It also aims to raise awareness of every child’s right to the highest attainable standard of health and the role breastfeeding plays in contributing towards this right.  Every right comes with corresponding obligations. The meeting will thus highlight the responsibility of all sectors of society to ensure that the realization of this right is given high priority. An internationally endorsed statement from the meeting is expected to call on all relevant parties to fulfill their obligations and responsibilities articulated in the Global Strategy. Further information about this event and subsequent documents and activities will be provided as it becomes available. 
Many individuals and organizations around the world have worked tirelessly over the past 15 years to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. If you are one of these persons or your organization works with breastfeeding, please join in the celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the Innocenti Declaration by responding to the following two questions and helping to demonstrate the strength of all those who  work tirelessly for the benefit of maternal and child health through breastfeeding

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