1 August 2017 – No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and WHO in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates. Only 40% of children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively (given nothing but breastmilk) and only 23 countries have exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60%.
6 JUNE 2017 | NEW YORK – Norway has become the first country to establish an action network as part of the United Nations (UN) Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025. The Global Action Network on Sustainable Food from the Ocean for Food Security and Nutrition calls for higher priority to be given to fisheries and aquaculture in efforts to improve global food security.
25 MAY 2017 | GENEVA – In a meeting at the World Health Assembly (WHA) today, the Vice-Ministry of Health of Ecuador announced its country’s commitments, in response to the call of the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025).
22 MAY 2017 | GENEVA – Today Brazil became the first country to make SMART commitments as part of the United Nations (UN) Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016–2025. Ricardo Barros, Minister of Health of Brazil, made the announcement at the UN in Geneva, on the first day of the Seventieth World Health Assembly.
19 May 2017 -- In the context of a renewed global momentum for improving nutrition and a resultant increased complexity of the nutrition landscape, the Programme Area Network on Nutrition developed a fit-for-purpose and coherent nutrition strategy, WHO’s Ambition and Action in Nutrition 2016-2025. This has been the first-ever strategic exercise on nutrition undertaken by WHO. The strategy was developed in the context of the internal WHO reform.
Guideline development: new prioritization process and progress tracking tool
9 May 2017 -- The Department of Nutrition for Health and Development has launched the public consultation on prioritizing topics for nutrition guideline development as part of the revised process of priority setting in its normative work. Also just launched is the Guideline Development Tracking Tool, providing regularly updated progress on nutrition guidelines currently under development.
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.
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.
Accelerating nutrition improvements in Sub-Saharan Africa: strengthening nutrition surveillance
Accelerating nutrition improvements in Sub-Saharan Africa: scaling up nutrition interventions
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