The UN Decade of Action on Nutrition: Working together to implement the outcomes of the Second International Conference on Nutrition

71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly

A Side-event co-hosted by Ecuador, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom
Date: 20 September 2016
Time: 11:00-13:00
Venue: Conference Room 11 at United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA

DOA logo in the event

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On 1 April 2016, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2; Rome 19–21 November 2014); decided to proclaim 2016–2025 the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition, while relying on existing resources and institutions; and invited Governments and other relevant stakeholders to actively support the implementation of the Decade, including through voluntary contributions, as appropriate. In doing so, the General Assembly also reaffirmed its commitment under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to end malnutrition in all its forms.

The Decade of Action on Nutrition is an unprecedented opportunity for nutrition action and sets a concrete timeline to increase activities conducted at national, regional and global levels in order to implement the actions recommended in the Framework for Action from the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), so as to achieve existing global targets for nutrition by 2025 and to attain by 2030 the corresponding targets in the Agenda for Sustainable Development.

As an umbrella for consolidating and aligning nutrition actions, the Decade will facilitate policy processes across the areas identified in the ICN2 outcome documents. Co-convened by FAO and WHO, an open and inclusive process will be established for Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, other international organizations and platforms, and non-State actors to set, track and achieve SMART policy commitments to end all forms of malnutrition worldwide. These commitments should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound, and their implementation and impact be tracked and monitored, by means of existing indicators. Where possible, SMART commitments which target overweight and obesity and nutrition-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs); and at the same time reduce undernutrition (so-called double-duty policy actions) could be considered.

Key messages

  • The Decade, under the normative framework of ICN2 and the SDGs, marks a new direction in global nutrition action: Our shared goal is to end malnutrition in all its forms.
  • Our immediate task is to translate the commitments of ICN2 and the SDGs into effective action: in the form of policies, programs, and partnerships.
  • Governments are leading, and are engaging and working with all stakeholders.
  • The vision of the Decade is to provide an umbrella for all nutrition champions to coordinate action, strengthen collaboration, and monitor impact within the shared framework of the ICN2 outcomes, the SDGs, and the global nutrition targets.
  • The work programme is being developed through an open, inclusive process that builds upon existing and emerging alliances, institutions, initiatives, movements and platforms.
  • This event is about assuming ownership, through concrete commitment and effective action, by all stakeholders.

Expected outcomes

Participants are expected to come away with deeper understanding of two issues:

  • Vision for the Decade: How the decade is being organized to support more coherent, effective and strategic action by governments and their partners at all levels,
  • Ownership of the decade: The event will illustrate how state and non-state actors are called upon to take advantage of the decade to plan and work together in mutually supportive ways to achieve ICN2 commitments.

Organizing partners

The side event is co-hosted by Ecuador, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. The co-hosts are supported by the two lead agencies of the Decade of Action on Nutrition (WHO and FAO). The event is open to Member States missions in New York, and representatives from the UN system, business, civil society, financial institutions, regional bodies, parliamentarians and donors that work in multi-sectoral ways in support of the Decade of Action on Nutrition and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.



Launch of Decade of Action on Nutrition by Dr Margaret Chan, Director of WHO