Work programme of the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025)


This Work Programme for the Nutrition Decade has been developed according to the mandates of UN General Assembly Resolution 70/269 and taking into account WHA Resolution 69/8. It describes its aims, added value and guiding principles; key areas for priority action; modalities of engagement and roles of Member States and other stakeholders, as well as the tools for driving action (means of implementation); and accountability framework.

It 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.

Aims and added value

The aim of the Nutrition Decade is to provide a clearly-defined time-bound operational framework that works within existing structures and available resources to implement the commitments made at Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by:

  • Catalysing and facilitating alignment of on-going efforts of multiple actors from all sectors, including new and emerging actors, to foster a global movement to end all forms of malnutrition and leaving no one behind;
  • Supporting all countries’ efforts to address all forms and causes of malnutrition;
  • Stimulating the effective translation of the ICN2 commitments and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into concrete, nationally-determined policies and programmes;
  • Promoting coherence of national, regional and international policies across multiple sectors to combat all forms of malnutrition, including through improved monitoring and reporting of relevant policy impact at national, regional and global levels;
  • Mobilizing policy and financial commitments to achieve Global Nutrition and diet-related NCD targets endorsed by the ICN2 and the SDGs among all potential actors; and
  • Establishing, under Member States’ oversight, a global accountability framework and mechanism across sectors and constituencies building upon existing mechanisms, processes and tools

The Nutrition Decade recognizes the emergence of local, national regional and global movements to end all forms of malnutrition and seeks to provide a framework in which governments and their partners adopt and implement policies and programmes to create sustainable food systems and enabling environments that promote healthy dietary practices. The ultimate objective is to support fulfillment of the ICN2 commitments and achievement of the Global Nutrition and diet-related NCD targets by 2025 as well as to contribute to the achievement of SDGs by 2030.

The added value of the Nutrition Decade is to:

  • Highlight the urgency to act, guided by a collective vision of a world where all people at all times and at all stages of life have access to affordable, diversified, safe and healthy diets;
  • Establish a focused period to set, track and achieve impact and outcomes to generate and implement country-specific commitments for action from a diverse range of actors within and beyond the nutrition community;
  • Provide an unprecedented opportunity to propagate society-wide movements for national policy change to end of all forms of malnutrition, in all countries;
  • Provide global connectivity among all constituencies working on food and nutrition-related programmes and initiatives to create mutual learning and foster synergies for action to achieve common goals; and
  • Put in place an accessible and transparent mechanism for tracking progress and ensuring mutual accountability for the commitments made, with biennial reporting to the UN General Assembly, the governing bodies of FAO and WHO, the CFS and other relevant intergovernmental bodies and multistakeholder forums.

Feedback from Member States on the first draft dated 27 January 2017: