Nutrition on the Global Agenda

In September 2010, world leaders issued a 1,000 day challenge: accelerate progress toward reducing hunger and realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by scaling up investments in nutrition.

Since then, over 40 countries have joined the growing Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, deciding that investing in nutrition, particularly during the 1,000 day window between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday, is fundamental to achieving long-term growth and prosperity.

While there has been significant progress in aligning national governments, civil society and private sector stakeholders behind the need to scale up nutrition, funding for nutrition investments specifically targeted at addressing malnutrition remains shockingly low— only about 0.4% of all Official Development Assistance.

Now, almost 1,000 days since the original 1,000 day challenge, it is time to redouble efforts to scale up nutrition for the next 1000 days.

Nutrition Now Matters Forever

A growing body of evidence, including the new series on maternal and child nutrition in The Lancet, shows that investments in nutrition, particularly during the 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and a child’s 2nd birthday, are the best down payment for our future prosperity.

The potential to accelerate economic development and better health through improved nutrition is tremendous, but untapped – less than 1% of the world’s aid to developing countries is spent on the life-saving, basic nutrition investments that have been proven to be among the best, most cost-effective solutions to breaking the cycle of hunger and poverty.

By scaling up nutrition investments, global leaders can:

  • Significantly reduce the global burden of disease
  • Greatly contribute to countries’ economic growth
  • Save millions of lives by ending preventable child deaths due to malnutrition
  • Prevent tens of millions of children from being stunted and suffering the irreversible damage caused by chronic malnutrition

Take Action

Children suffering and dying from malnutrition can no longer be tolerated or ignored. We must to push for greater investment to prevent malnutrition from taking hold of yet another generation of children.

Help us call upon world leaders to commit to saving the next generation of children from the scourge of chronic malnutrition.

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An investment in nutrition today is a legacy that can last forever.