e-Library of Evidence for Nutrition Actions (eLENA)

Links between interventions and WHO global targets

The recent proclamation of the Decade of Action on Nutrition by the United Nations General Assembly signals a growing global commitment to ending malnutrition in all its forms, through implementing the commitments made at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in 2014 and realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015. Underpinning these commitments, the WHO global nutrition targets 2025 and diet-related global NCD targets for 2025, endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 2012 and 2013, respectively, provide concrete goals against which progress toward ending malnutrition in all its forms can be measured.

To support countries’ efforts in taking action to achieve these global commitments, eLENA has been updated with a new feature which provides users with a convenient way of identifying nutrition interventions which, when implemented, may contribute to progress towards achieving the global nutrition and diet-related NCD targets and, as consequence, to progress towards achieving the SDGs.

“Links” between interventions and targets are based on systematic reviews of the literature, and complete bibliographic information is provided for all supporting scientific publications.

The new feature provides further support to countries in the planning and development of evidence-informed nutrition policies, by prioritizing interventions that may have the greatest impact on their identified nutrition challenges, and helping to make progress toward achieving the global targets.

Interventions that are linked to global targets will contain the corresponding target icons on the right side of the webpage. Clicking on the navigation menu item labelled "Global targets" on the left side of the webpage will display a list of all interventions linked to global targets, sorted by target.