Italian President Giorgio Napolitano (R) welcomes King Felipe VI of Spain before their meeting on the sidelines of the International conference on Nutrition (CIN2) on November 19, 2014 at the Quirinale in Rome. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
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The United Nations urged political leaders from around the world Wednesday to up their game in the fight to wipe out malnutrition, a global scourge which afflicts poor and rich alike.Representatives from 190 countries gathered 22 years after the first malnutrition meeting for a three-day conference organised by the UN food agency (FAO) and WHO, and boasting appearances from leaders including Pope Francis.A lot of progress has been made already, with the number of undernourished people in the world dropping by over half in the past two decades, from one billion people in 1992 when the first conference (CIN1) was held, to 805 million in 2014 .But malnutrition is not just about hunger: two billion people suffer from deficiencies in nutrients such as vitamin A, iron and zinc -- a condition known as "hidden hunger" by experts -- while 42 million children and 500 million adults are overweight or obese.
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