Saturday, 21 July, 2018


Trump denies USA opposition to World Health Organization breastfeeding resolution

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Bennie Garza | 10 July, 2018, 00:12

Eventually, Russia introduced the resolution, and the United States was unable to blunt the measure, although its delegation successfully struck language calling for the worldwide health body to provide technical support for nations seeking to stop "inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children", and added the phrase "evidence based" to certain provisions, the Times reported.

Trump argues his administration supports breastfeeding but also wants women to have access to formula.

At the same World Health Assembly meeting, according to the Times, U.S. officials also removed suggestions of introducing a soda tax from a document advising countries on fighting high rates of obesity. Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty, ' he wrote on Twitter on Monday.

Worldwide delegates to the United Nation's World Health Assembly looked on at the group's recent meeting, as USA representatives appeared to put the interests of the $70 billion baby food industry ahead of those of parents and children-and pressured other countries to do the same.

Patti Rundall, policy director for Baby Milk Action, told the Times that "We were astonished, appalled and also saddened".

'The resolution as originally drafted placed unnecessary hurdles for mothers seeking to provide nutrition to their children, ' an H.H.S. spokesman said. The Ecuadorean government quickly acquiesced. Other countries appeared hesitant to back the resolution after seeing the US threaten Ecuador.

"We recognize not all women are able to breastfeed for a variety of reasons". It added that "not all women are able to breastfeed", and they "should have the choice and access to alternatives".

The US eventually relented and the resolution passed largely in its original form.

The State Department would not answer the Times' questions.

Mothers breastfeeding their children. Overall, global sales are expected to rise by 4 per cent in 2018, according to Euromonitor, with most of that growth occurring in developing nations.

Critics slammed back at Trump, the Independent reported. The US said last month that it was leaving the UN Human Rights Council, citing anti-Israel bias, and President Donald Trump has made critiquing the status quo of major worldwide compacts a hallmark of his approach, from trade agreements to military and security partnerships.

"We're not trying to be a hero here, but we feel that it is wrong when a big country tries to push around some very small countries, especially on an issue that is really important for the rest of the world", said the delegate, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

The resolution was passed when it was introduced by Russian Federation, but the U.S. did successfully strike out language calling for World Health Organization support to nations trying to prevent "inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children", and added the phrase "evidence based" to certain provisions.

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