World Breastfeeding Week: 1-7 August

31 July 2015 -- The theme for this year's World Breastfeeding Week is, “Breastfeeding and Work. Let’s make it work!”, to encourage family-friendly policies in the workplace. Breastfeeding is the key to a child’s survival, health, growth and development. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding in the first hour of life and the following 6 months to stimulate brain development, and to prevent childhood obesity and non-communicable diseases later in life.

Follow-up to the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)

ICN2 follow-up cover photo
UN Photo

9 July 2015 -- On 6 July 2015, the UN General Assembly in New York adopted a resolution on Follow-up to the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). The resolution invites governments, UN agencies, funds and programmes, and other stakeholders to implement the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action adopted at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)/World Health Organization (WHO)-convened ICN2 held in November 2014. The Declaration and Framework outline a set of voluntary policy options and strategies to achieve better nutrition for all. The text was introduced by the representative of South Africa on behalf of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China.

New release : The global prevalence of anaemia in 2011

29 June 2015 - This document describes estimates of the prevalence of anaemia for the year 2011 in preschool-age children (6–59 months) and women of reproductive age (15–49 years), by pregnancy status, and by regions of the United Nations and WHO, as well as by country.

Nutrition and the Post-2025 development agenda - seizing opportunity

SCN news 41 pub cover

3 June 2015 -- SCN News41 featuring “Nutrition and the Post-2015 Development Agenda – Seizing the Opportunity”

The year 2015 is critical for global development and offers the kind of opportunity that will not come again for nutrition. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) need to seized to further build and consolidate the growing momentum, consensus and commitment to nutrition.