Join the call

for international guidance on human rights and healthy diets

In October 2019, 180  leaders in global health and development made a call on Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the World Health Organization, and Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to lead the development of human rights guidance on healthy diets and sustainable food systems.

Published in the BMJ, the call requests the initiation of a process to develop guidance on human rights and healthy diets and outlines why a human rights approach to healthy diets is sorely needed to advance action on NCDs and health.

To support the realization of this call, the signatories have proposed a set of guiding documents.

Show your support for the call by adding your signature. Join the conversation by participating in our public forum which aims to provide a platform for discussion and debate about the call and explore the next steps required for its realization.



Sonja Tanaka

MPH, Global Coordinator, Global Health 50/50, Paris, France

Asbjørn Eide

PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Oslo, and former UN special rapporteur on the right to adequate food, Oslo, Norway

Patrícia Constante Jaime

ScD, Department of Nutrition, School of Public of Health, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Nebojša Nikolić

MD, President, International Federation of Medical Students' Associations, Copenhagen, Denmark

Dineke Zeegers Paget

PhD, Executive Director, European Public Health Association, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Viroj Tangcharoensathien

PhD, Senior Advisor, International Health Policy Program, Ministry of Public Health, Nonthaburi, Thailand

Sarah Hawkes

PhD, Director, Centre for Gender and Global Health, University College London, UK

Khadija T. Moalla

PhD, Senior Policy and Program Advisor, UN Women, Baghdad, Iraq

Carlos A. Monteiro

MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Michael Moore AM

Immediate Past President, World Federation of Public Health Associations (2016-2018); Distinguished Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Stineke Oenema

MSc, Coordinator, United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition, Rome, Italy

Liv Elin Torheim

PhD, Department of Nursing and Health Promotion, Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway

Jeff Collin

PhD, Professor of Global Health Policy, Global Health Policy Unit, University of Edinburgh, UK

Rt Hon Helen Clark

MA(Hons), Patron, The Helen Clark Foundation, Auckland, New Zealand

Mike Daube AO

Hon DSci, Emeritus Professor, Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Tazeen H. Jafar

MD MPH, Professor, Program in Health Services & Systems Research, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore

Hope Johnson

PhD, Lecturer, Faculty of Law and the Institute for Future Environments, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Leslie London

MD, Chair, Public Health Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Martin McKee

DSc, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

Christine Parker

PhD, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Geordan Shannon

PhD, Research Fellow, Institute for Global Health, University College London, London, UK; Co-Founder, Global Health Disrupted

Richard Wilkinson

M.Med.Sci, Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology, University of Nottingham Medical School, Nottingham, UK

Eric A. Friedman

JD, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, USA

Sharon Friel

PhD, Professor of Health Equity and Director, School of Regulation and Global Governance, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Sofia Gruskin

JD, Professor, Keck School of Medicine and Gould School of Law; Director, Institute on Inequalities in Global Health, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Claudia Hudspeth

MD, MSc, MSt, Global lead, Health and Nutrition, Aga Khan Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland

J. Jaime Miranda

MD, PhD, CRONICAS Centre of Excellence in Chronic Diseases, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru

Stefano Prato

PhD, Managing Director, Society for International Development (SID), Rome, Italy

Dainius Puras

PhD, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Vilnius, Lithuania

Colin Tukuitonga

D.S.M., MIPH, Secretary-General, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Noumea, New Caledonia, France

Mark J Heywood

BA, social justice activist; Co-founder and Board Member, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Johannesburg, South Africa

Stuart Gillespie

PhD, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC, USA

Sandro Demaio

PhD, Chief Executive Officer, VicHealth (Victorian Health Promotion Foundation), Carlton, Victoria, Australia

Ichiro Kawachi

PhD, John L. Loeb & Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Social Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Cambridge, MA, USA

The Hon. Michael Kirby

LLM, Member of the WHO Global Commission on AIDS (1998-2002); chair of the Second International Consultation on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights (1996); member of the UNDP Global Commission on HIV and the Law (2011-12); member of the UNSG's High-Level Panel on Access to Essential Healthcare (2014-15); and member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights (2004), Sydney, Australia

Robert Marten

PhD, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

Robyn Norton

PhD, Principal Director, The George Institute for Global Health, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Tim Reed

D Phil., Executive Director, Health Action International, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Archangel Rukooko

PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, School of Liberal and Performing Arts, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Andrea Feigl

PhD, CEO and founder, Health Finance Institute; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Cambridge, MA, USA

Shifalika Goenka

PhD, Professor and Head, Bioethics, Public Health Foundation of India and Centre for Chronic Disease Control, New Delhi, India

Mette Hartlev

PhD, LLD, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Marie Hauerslev

MD, Chair, NCD Child, USA

Per Ole Iversen

MD, Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of Oslo, Norway

Rob Moodie

MBBS, MPH, Professor of Public Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Stefania Negri

PhD, Associate Professor of International Law; Director of the “Observatory on Human Rights, Bioethics, Health, Environment”, Department of Legal Sciences, University of Salerno, Fisciano, Italy

Nicholas Wasonga Orago

LLD, School of Law, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya; IRC/Marie-Curie CAROLINE Research Fellow, University College Cork, Ireland

Barry M. Popkin

PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

T. Alafia Samuels MBBS

MPH, PhD, Honorary Professor, Caribbean Institute for Health Research, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

Thomas Schwarz

MA, Executive Secretary, Medicus Mundi International Network, Basel, Switzerland

Janani Shanthosh

PhD, Health and Human Rights Programme, Australian Human Rights Institute and Research Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Boyd Swinburn

MD, School of Population Health, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Chuan-Feng Wu

SJD, Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

Jody Harris

PhD, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK

Gerard Hastings

PhD, OBE, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland

Corinna Hawkes

PhD, Director, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London, UK

Paul Hunt

PhD, Chief, Human Rights Commission, Wellington, New Zealand; former UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (2002-2008)

Peris Jones

PhD, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Obiajulu Nnamuchi

SJD, Associate Professor, Faculties of Law & Health Sciences, University of Nigeria (Enugu Campus), Enugu, Nigeria

Martin O’Flaherty

MD, MSC PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health and Policy, University of Liverpool, UK

Fauziah Rabbani

PhD, Associate Vice Provost, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

Harry Rutter

MB BChir, Professor of Global Public Health, University of Bath, UK

Jacob C. Seidell

PhD, Professor of Nutrition and Health, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Wenche Barth Eide

Wenche Barth Eide, Cand. real., Coordinator, Food, Human Rights and Corporations Research and Action Network (FoHRC) at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, and Emerita, Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway

Lawrence O. Gostin

JD, University Professor, Georgetown University, and Faculty Director, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, USA

Romaina Iqbal

PhD, Departments of Community Health Sciences and Medicine, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

Helena Leurent

Director-General, Consumers International, MBA, London, UK

Mark A. Lawrence

PhD, Professor of Public Health Nutrition, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

K. Srinath Reddy

MD, DM, MSc., President, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India

Katherine Shats

LLM, Associate Legal Director, Global Health Advocacy Incubator, Washington, DC, USA

Alexandrina Iovita

PhD, MPH, Human Rights Technical Advisor, Community, Rights and Gender Department, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Geneva, Switzerland

Sonali Johnson

PhD, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Geneva, Switzerland

Tim Lang

PhD, Professor of Food Policy, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London, UK

Marion Nestle

PhD, MPH, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, Emerita, New York University, New York, USA

Raj Patel

PhD, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Yogan Pillay

PhD, Deputy Director-General, National Department of Health, Pretoria, South Africa

Kristina Sperkova

MPsy, International President, IOGT International, Stockholm, Sweden

Margareta Wandel

PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Nutrition, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Douglas Webb

PhD, United Nations Development Programme, New York, NY, USA

Martin White

MD, FFPH, Professor of Population Health Research, Centre for Diet & Activity Research, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, UK

Show your support by adding your name to the list of public signatories. Below is the list of signatures from the public since the publication of the call.

additional signatures calling for the DEVELOPMENT OF GUIDANCE ON human rights AND healthy diets

Sharmila Mhatre

Deputy Director


Open Society Foundations





Cosmas Rongoti



Shanduko Yeupenyu Child Care

Tunde Fakunle

Executive Director


Centre for Sustainable Access to Health in Africa





Paul Tschurtschenthaler

Senior Relationship Manager



Public Health Update



Public Health Update

Miguel Ángel Royo Bordonada



Spanish National School of Public Health

Shiv Chandra Mathur

Independent consultant


Public Health

Carolina Mejia Toro

RD, Master Student MA Human Rights and Governance


Univesity of Padova

Abigail Derkyi-Kwarteng

Senior Resident


Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons

Neethi V Rao

Research Fellow


Azim Premji University

Abigail Derkyi-Kwarteng

Senior Resident


Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons

Dr. Khaleda Islam



ARK Foundation





Mohamed Lafi

Public Information and Advocacy Officer



Godfrey Philimon

Country Coordinator


People's Health Movement Tanzania (PHM Tanzania)

Taufique Joarder

Executive Director


Public Health Foundation, Bangladesh

Diaka Jules Alexis

Focal Point Iristick/Smart Glasses


Memisa Belgique

Gillian MacNaughton

JD, DPhil, Associate Professor of Human Rights


School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA

Monica Kinyanjui



Women for Dementia Africa

Francesca Riolo

Scientific Officer


European Food Safety Authority

Judith Bueno de Mesquita

Deputy Director


Human Rights Centre, University of Essex

Joy Parkinson

PhD, Research Director, Social Marketing @ Griffith, Griffith Business School


Griffith University, Australia

Citta Widagdo

Doctoral Researcher


University of Birmingham

Dr Vincent Okungu

Senior Lecturer


University of Nairobi

Fiona McKenzie

Program Manager


QCWA Country Kitchens

Rachel J Thompson

Policy fellow


World Obesity Federation

Jeffrey O'Malley

Adjunct Professor


University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

Peter Delobelle

Senior Researcher


Chronic Disease Initiative for Africa

Minakshi Dahal

Research Officer


Center for Research on Environment Health and Population Activities (CREHPA)

Nalini Saligram, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO


Arogya World

Emmy Fuentes




Jessie Pullar

Nutrition and NCD Consultant


United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition

Matthew Hopcraft BDSc MDSc BA PhD

Associate Professor


Melbourne Dental School, The University of Melbourne, Australia; SugarFree Smiles, Melbourne, Australia

Jesús Angel Padilla Gámez

Catedrático en Nutrición Clínica


Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila

Isobel Stanley

Researcher, public health


University College Dublin

Maria Aurora Mejia Benitez

Scientific Researcher



Meri Koivusalo

Professor of Global Health and Development


Tampere University

Jordan Jarvis

DrPH Student



Kate Sheffer

Forum Programme Manager


NCD Alliance

Alex Godoy-Faúndez

Associate Professor


Universidad del Desarrollo

Sinead Boylan

Research Fellow


The University of Sydney

Joyce Haddad



A Dietitian's Mission

Ana Victoria Mmonreal Lugo




Ana Karen Juárez




Patricio V Márquez

Lead Public Health Specialist (retired)


World Bank Group (retired)

Eduardo Thébar Gómez



Autonomous University of Guerrero

Ibeth Johanna Garcés Ruiz



Profesional de salud Independiente

Paula Izazil Juárez



Tu equilibrio

Karla Elizabeth Flores Guzmán




María del Carmen Gangotena



Nutrición Consciente

Kattya Brenes Gutiérrez

Jefe Area Técnica



Leonardo Javier Salvador Del Águila




José Carrillo



Centro de Medicina Regenerativa Querétaro AC

Laura Patricia Arellano Gómez




Guadalupe Ruiz Vivanco



BUAP, Faculty of Medicine

Kaveri Qureshi

Lecturer in Global Health Equity


University of Edinburgh

Kashmira Sher Ali Nanji




Dr Rosemary Stanton OAM

Visiting Fellow, School of Medical Sciences


University of New South Wales, Australia

Alexandra Jones

Research Fellow (Food Policy and Law)


The George Institute for Global Health

Sérgio Filipe Soares Pedro

Member Department of Ecology and Society


Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Coimbra

Patricio V Marquez

Lead Public Health Specialist (retired)


World Bank Group

Andrew Thorne-Lyman

Associate Scientist


Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Mariana Rodriguez




Adrian French



Cambridge Commons

Noemi Leyva Duarte




Maria Shinai Cabanas Rodriguez



Maria Shinai Cabañas Rodriguez / México, Puebla, Teziutlan

Kirsteen Shields

Assistant Professor


University of Edinburgh




Slow Food

Catalina A. Denman



El Colegio de Sonora

Evelia Apolinar Jiménez

Clinical Researcher


Regional High Speciality Hospital of Bajío

Marly Augusto Cardoso

Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health


University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Dirce Maria Lobo Marchioni

Associate Professor


University of Sao Paulo

Rosana Nogueira



Universidade de São Paulo

Serena Pepino

Right to Food Policy Expert


United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Kristine Onarheim PhD

Research Fellow


University College London

Immanuel Azaad Moonesar PhD, RD

Associate Professor- Health Administration & Policy


Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, Dubai, UAE

Rafael Almendra-Pegueros

Research Assistance


Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi

Vivica Kraak, PhD, RDN

Co-author, Lancet Global Syndemic report and Assistant Professor of Food and Nutrition Policy


Dept of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA

Aydin Nazmi



California Polytechnic State University

Elena Leticia Peraza Covarrubias



Centro de Investigación y Gastroenterología

Alejandra Armenta Espinosa

Member Research Ethics Committee



Mathilde Høgh Prestbakmo

MA Student Public Health Nutrition



Oscar Alexis Estrada Gómez



Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública

Stefanie Vandevijvere



Scientific Institute of Public Health

Michelle Haby



University of Sonora

Maria Isabel Valero Morales

Research assistant


Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica México

Anna Purdie

Programme Manager


Global Health 50/50, UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health

Anne Lene Løvhaug

M.Sc. Public Health Nutrition


Oslo Metropolitan University

Denise Costa Coitinho Delmue

Senior consultant on nutrition and food systems


UN Standing Committee on Nutrition

James Uhrig

Independent Consultant


Eftychia Kotronia



Newcastle University

Priscila Machado

Research Fellow


Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University

Dr Sarah Gerritsen

Research Fellow


University of Auckland

Charlotte Marchandise

Deputy Mayor / President


City of Rennes / WHO Healthy Cities Network

Lucinda Westerman

Policy and Campaigns Manager


NCD Alliance

Kristof Decoster

Editor International Health Policies newsletter



Helen Walls

Associate Professor


London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Aaron Schwid

Director of Public Health Law


Vital Strategies

All children have the right to be protected from commercial exploitation that has the potential to undermine healthy growth and development. I count on Drs Tedros and Bachelet to pursue the development of human rights guidance to offer these protections.

Jacob Seidell

Professor of Nutrition and Health, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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