Nutrition

United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition

CSW61 side-event “Women and labour: a nutritional perspective”

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Venue of the event at the UN Headquarters in New York

20 March 2017 | New York -- As the theme for the 61st session of the CSW is “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work”, this side-event discussed the economic impacts of women’s malnutrition and how targeted measures to improve women’s nutritional status have major gains in economic development. “At least 12 of the 17 SDGs contain indicators that are highly relevant for nutrition, reflecting nutrition’s central role in sustainable development. Improved nutrition is the platform for progress in health, education, employment, and positively correlates with female empowerment. On the other hand, malnutrition is linked to poverty and inequality”, stated Dr. Nata Menabde, Executive Director of the WHO Office at the United Nations in her opening remarks.

Work Programme of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025

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27 January 2017 --The General Assembly resolution called upon FAO and WHO to identify and develop a work programme based on the Rome Declaration and its Framework for Action, along with its means of implementation for 2016–2025. The first draft of the Work Programme for the Nutrition Decade is now publicly available. This Work Programme is a living document and is being developed through an inclusive, continuous and collaborative process, building upon and connecting the independent initiatives of governments and their many partners.

FAO/WHO International symposium on sustainable food systems for healthy diets and improved nutrition

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A farming family in Kyrgyzstan takes a break from the day's work to share a meal.

1 December 2016 | Rome -- The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) adopted the ICN2 Rome Declaration on Nutrition and its Framework for Action, and governments committed to eradicate hunger and prevent all forms of malnutrition worldwide. Among others, Member States committed to enhance sustainable food systems by developing coherent public policies from production to consumption across relevant sectors to provide year-round access to food that meets people’s nutrition needs and promote safe and diversified healthy diet.

Decade of Action on Nutrition at the UN General Assembly (71st session)

5 October 2016 - The Governments of Italy, the Japan, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland co-sponsored a special event on strengthening national commitments to end malnutrition in all its forms. The event was supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization, and took place on 20 September 2016 in UN Headquarters.

Decade of Action on Nutrition

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The United Nations General Assembly on April 2016 agreed on a resolution proclaiming the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition from 2016 to 2025. By agreeing to this resolution, governments endorsed the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and Framework for Action adopted by the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in November 2014. This UN resolution calls upon FAO and WHO to lead the implementation of the Decade of Action on Nutrition, in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and involving coordination mechanisms such as the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) and multi-stakeholder platforms such as the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).

Launch of the Decade of Action on Nutrition at the High-level Political Forum

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The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is United Nations central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015. The Forum, which adopts a Ministerial Declaration, is expected to provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations on the 2030 Agenda’s implementation and follow-up; keep track of progress of the SDGs; spur coherent policies informed by evidence, science and country experiences; as well as address new and emerging issues.

Sustainable development goals and nutrition

In April 2016, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) declared a UN Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025), recognizing the role of nutrition in achieving the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Decade calls for eradicating hunger and preventing all forms of malnutrition worldwide, particularly stunting, wasting and overweight in children under five years of age, and anaemia in women and children among other micronutrient deficiencies; as well as for reversing the rising trends in overweight and obesity and reducing the burden of diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in all age groups.

Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)

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In a major step towards eradicating malnutrition worldwide, over 170 countries made a number of concrete commitments and adopted a series of recommendations on policies and investments aimed at ensuring that all people have access to healthier and more sustainable diets. Ministers and senior officials responsible for health, food or agriculture and other aspects of nutrition adopted the Rome Declaration on Nutrition, and a Framework for Action, which set out recommendations for policies and programmes to address nutrition across multiple sectors. The move came at the opening, in Rome, of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and WHO.

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Stunting

156 millionChildren are stunted

Joint malnutrition estimates

Overweight

1.9 billionAdults 18 years and older

Double burden of malnutrition

SDGs

12 of 17SDGs require good nutrition in order to be met

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)