The participants constituted a broad spectrum of potential partners, experts and champions whose object is to achieve commitment, resources and immediate intentions on scaling up . High-level support was given by the Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, the Rt. Hon. Mizengo Pinda; HM King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho in his role as the Nutrition Champion of the African Union; ministers of health; and ministers of other vital sectors such as trade, finance and development. Supporting their advocacy with scientific evidence and experience were the scientists, public health policy-makers, the food industry, development partners, and the UN agencies. The role of an active civil society of local and international nongovernmental organizations was emphasized, as was the role of the different sectors responsible for compliance. There was welcome participation from countries with active and effective programs, those needing to scale up or encourage their more active monitoring and compliance, and those countries embarking on such programs. As observed by Dr Omar Dary of USAID, “the principles are universal, the solutions are local.”
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