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Maximizing the Impact of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition

Topic Note: Consultation No. 132; 20.09.2016 – 11.10.2016

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    Maximizing the impact of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016
    This document summarizes the online consultation Maximizing the Impact of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition which was held on FAO’s Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) from 20 September to 16 October 2016. The consultation was facilitated by Christine Campeau from the United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN). The aim of this consultation was to gather input on the question of how the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition (hereafter Decade) could best achiev e its goals. The Decade was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly on 1 April 2016 to accelerate global action to achieve the goal of eradicating hunger and malnutrition as embedded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The General Assembly places the Decade in the follow-up to the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). Participants were asked to share their expectations for the Decade, and in particular how it could make a difference in improving nutrition in their own co untries. The consultation also included a question on which critical activities need to be included in the Decade’s Work Programme, and which specific activities would need to be accelerated in participants’ countries. In addition, contributors shared ideas on how to improve the quality of commitments, and on how platforms such as CFS and UNSCN and other movements and sectors could be involved and contribute during the Decade. Over the four weeks of consultation, participants from 48 countries s hared 119 contributions.

    The topic introduction and the questions proposed, as well as all contributions received, are available on the consultation page.

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    Post-2015 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals: Where Are We Now? Global Opportunities to Address Malnutrition in all Its Forms, Including Hidden Hunger 2018
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    Combatting malnutrition in all its forms - undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, overweight, and obesity - is one of the greatest challenges that countries are facing. Much has happened in less than 10 years to redefine the international nutrition landscape and place nutrition at the heart of global development efforts. The food crises of 2008 and the Lancet first series on maternal and child undernutrition helped galvanize world attention. The enormous health and economic consequences of malnutrition were recognized, and far more attention began to be paid to the multiple burdens of malnutrition. In 2014, the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) endorsed 2 outcome documents, committing world leaders to establishing national policies aimed at eliminating malnutrition in all its forms, including hidden hunger, and transforming food systems to make nutritious diets available to all. In 2015, 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), global objectives to guide the actions of the international community over the next 15 years (2016-2030). Member States placed high priority on addressing malnutrition in all its forms by committing, under SDG 2, to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.” However, nutrition has also a role to play in achieving other goals of the 2030 Agenda, including goals related to poverty, health, education, social protection, gender, water, work, growth, inequality, and climate change. In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the ICN2 outcome documents and proclaimed the years 2016-2025 as the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition. The Nutrition Decade reaffirmed the commitments under the ICN2 and the 2030 Agenda to end malnutrition in all its forms. Together, the ICN2, the 2030 Agenda, and the Nutrition Decade have placed nutrition firmly at the heart of the development agenda with the recognition that transformed food systems have a fundamental role to play in promoting healthy diets and improving nutrition. This paper reviews the major international nutrition system changes called for, and provides an analysis of recent governance initiatives to address malnutrition in all its forms, including hidden hunger problems. See also
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    Driving commitment for nutrition within the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition
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    The United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025 aims to trigger intensified action to end hunger and eradicate all forms of malnutrition worldwide, and ensure universal access to healthier and more sustainable diets for all people, whoever they are and wherever they live. Achieving and sustaining on-the-ground reductions in malnutrition will require strong commitment from many people and organizations including policy-makers and governments, implementing agencies and teams, civil society groups, research institutions, businesses and communities. Such commitment does not come easily: it must be created, sustained and strengthened over time. This policy brief sets out factors that drive commitment for nutrition, and is intended to guide actions that will increase commitment by all stakeholders.

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