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The Intergovernmental Institution for the Use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition (IIMSAM), U.N. has been established to work for the eradication of malnutrition by the use of micro algae Spirulina. IIMSAM works towards raising the awareness about the Nutritional and Health benefits of Spirulina. The organization also works to enhance the reach of Spirulina in various parts of the world with a special focus on the remote areas in the developing and underdeveloped countries, wherein hunger and malnutrition are most prevalent.
IIMSAM maintains communication channels open with entities around the world that deal with Spirulina. These include some of the leading biotechnological and phycological organizations as well as institutes in the world. IIMSAM also maintains channels of communication with Specialized Agencies of the United Nations at the headquartered level as well as their respective liaison Officers at UN headquarters in New York: UNDP, WHO, UNIDO, FAO, IFAD. It also maintains dialogue with various NGO’s (Non Governmental Organizations) at multiple levels to promote the use of Spirulina, as a tool to fight against malnutrition, hunger & poverty.
IIMSAM has an International Panel of Experts that provide technological, scientific, operational support, biological and engineering advice. This includes some of the world’s leading experts on Spirulina.
IIMSAM has been established through two international agreements that are recognized in the UN Treaty Series. IIMSAM is accredited as a Permanent Observer with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), in keeping with resolution E/2003/212, dated 5th March 2003. IIMSAM is committed to the ideals inscribed in the Charter of the United Nations and its work is inspired and guided by the following U.N. Resolutions:
|FAO's Rome Declaration on World Food Security 1996 |
|We, the Heads of State and Government, or our representatives, gathered at the World Food Summit at the invitation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, reaffirm the right of everyone to have access to safe and nutritious food, consistent with the right to adequate food and the fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger. We pledge our political will and our common and national commitment to achieve food security for all and to an ongoing effort to eradicate hunger in all countries, with an immediate view to reducing the number of undernourished people to half their present level no later than 2015|
Resolution Number (55/2) - The Millennium Declaration by the Heads of the Member States of the United Nations on 8th September, 2000.
Resolution Number (62/89) - that proclaimed the period 2001-2010 as "The International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World," Resolution.
Resolution Number (62/164) - The Right to Food.
UN ECOSOC Resolution 2000/64 on Transparency and Good Governance: Transparency, Responsibility, Accountability, Participation, and Responsiveness to the Needs of Peoples.
Resolution Number (1325) - Assuring women's participation in Peace-Making and Peace-Building, approved by the UN Security Council.
Known for centuries, Spirulina is an edible micro-alga. Under favourable conditions, it grows rapidly and produces an excellent source of protein and vitamins. It is a traditional food in some countries, and has gained popularity as a new health food in others. Spirulina can help combat malnutrition, consistent with the UN Millennium Development Goal Number 1 - to reduce extreme poverty and hunger.