Decade of Action on Nutrition

The April 2016 proclamation

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The April 2016 proclamation of the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016–2025) provides a unique opportunity for stakeholders to strengthen joint efforts towards eradicating hunger and preventing all forms of malnutrition worldwide.

Governments, inter-governmental organizations, civil society, the private sector, academia and other actors are invited to make their commitments to advancing the global nutrition agenda, within the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development and framed by the Rome Declaration on Nutrition. Implementation of the Decade is co-convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The UN Decade of Action on Nutrition is an unprecedented opportunity for achieving nutrition impact at scale, with a collective vision of a healthier, more sustainable future. UN-wide, convened by FAO and WHO, it ensures the highest level of credibility and accountability. Its fixed time frame provides energy and focus.

The Decade offers a robust, country-driven programme of work for all nutrition stakeholders, including UN bodies and other entities such as the Committee on World Food Security and the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition, civil society, the private sector and academia.

Nutrition continues to be a central health, economic and sustainable development challenge for every region on the planet. If executed thoughtfully, catalysing the efforts, resources and voice of the vast nutrition community, the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition has the potential to propagate a society-wide movement, leading to national policy change and ultimately to the end of all forms of malnutrition.

Nutrition challenges faced by Member States are complex, and their solutions require strong and sustained political leadership. As an umbrella for consolidating and aligning nutrition actions, the Decade will facilitate policy processes across the areas identified in the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) Framework for Action for the commitments of the Rome Declaration on Nutrition. Specifically, it seeks to support and catalyse nutrition actions and investments by helping countries attain specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound (SMART) commitments by 2025. By addressing all forms of malnutrition in all population groups, from stunting, wasting and micronutrient deficiencies to overweight, obesity and nutrition-related noncommunicable diseases (NCD), actions under the Decade will lead the world to meeting the World Health Assembly global nutrition targets and the global nutrition relatedNCD targets.