Declaration of Cali – Colombia
In the work table, attended as invited observers Mrs. Carmen Dardano commissioner of FAO, Mr. Enrique Jacoby commissioner of PAHO and Mr. Fernando Ramírez from the Ministry of Health of Colombia, and as assistants representatives of the countries of Spain, Hungary, Portugal, Nicaragua, Cuba, Costa Rica, Mexico, Japan, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia and Uruguay, which met on September 26th, 2012 in the city of Cali – Colombia, under the VIII World Congress for promoting the consumption of fruit and vegetables were taken the following agreements:
- More fruits and vegetables, the best choice for your health is a global need and should be part of public policies for the health promotion and the prevention and control of the current global epidemic of obesity, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), among which cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic lung diseases and other diet related.
The main risk factors for NCDs are hypertension, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, excess weight and a diet low in fruits and vegetables and processed food high in saturated and trans fats, salt and added sugars. Therefore, the healthy diet is a key factor in the prevention of chronic diseases, specially an daily adequate intake of fruits and vegetables.
- The worktable determined declare a day of the year worldwide to commemorate the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. It is proposed that the World Day of the Fruit and Vegetables were in the same week in which FAO celebrates the World Food Day (October 16th).
Thus, as it is stated on Friday of the week of October 16 of each year is celebrated World Day Fruits and Vegetables with the aim of reinforcing the importance of consumption and production of these foods for the prevention and control of NCDs and global food security, as well as the key role in the biodiversity and sustainability of our planet.
- Bilateral agreement was signed between IFAVA and AIAM5, which defines the lines of collaboration and commitment among entities, International Alliance of Associations and Movements 5 a day – AIAM5 – and the International Fruit and Vegetable Alliance – IFAVA – to consolidate global actions to promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Thus we are working 22 countries, representing four continents, in enhancing the promotion of consumption of fruit and vegetable, for Europe currently involves Spain, Portugal, Hungary, France and Denmark, for Asia-Pacific region is Japan, New Zealand and Australia, for Africa is South Africa, for North America is the U.S.A, Mexico and Canada, for Central America are Costa Rica and Nicaragua, for Caribbean is Cuba and South America are Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
We are focusing our efforts to involve all nations to work boldly and committed to:
Estamos enfocando nuestros esfuerzos para vincular a todos los países del mundo a trabajar de forma decidida y comprometida en:
- The promotion of consumption of fruit and vegetable, sharing experiences and helping each other with each country’s national programs to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables.
- Promote and facilitate collaboration among global institutions, in order to support, sustain, protect, enhance and create if necessary, national movement to promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables.
- report, based on the available evidence, about the benefits of adequate consumption of fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet, to help empower people to manage better quality of life, emphasizing the group children and youth.
- To support the emerging initiatives in recent years oriented to healthy eating in schools, as an educational program that promotes the consumption and growing of fruits and vegetables, as well as the regulation of the supply of processed and high in saturated fat trans, salt or sugar, in schools.
Declared in the city of Cali, Colombia on September 26, 2012 and signed as assistants:
Enrique Jacoby, OPS
Fernando Ramírez, Ministerio de Salud de Colombia
Manuel Moñino, España
Rui Lima, Portugal
Agnes Vattamány, Hungría
Yasuko Iritani, Japón
Alfredo Moisés, México
Cecilia Gamboa, Costa Rica
Consuelo Macías, Cuba
Paula Alvarado, Nicaragua
Adriana Senior, Colombia
Fabio Gomes, Brasil
María Soledad Tapia, Venezuela
Juan José Estradas, Bolivia
Mariano Winograd, Argentina
Fernando Vio, Chile
Sergio Carballo, Uruguay