Nutrition on the Global Development Agenda
Nutrition on the Global Agenda
As world leaders gather together again in New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting, it is time we call upon them to make concrete, measurable commitments to tackle chronic malnutrition.
While the Scaling Up Nutrition movement and efforts such as the G-8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition have marshaled much-needed political will to address the need to improve nutrition, malnutrition is still widely overlooked on the global development agenda and remains a serious impediment toward achieving many of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
Despite the overwhelming evidence that improving nutrition can significantly reduce the global burden of disease and greatly contribute to countries’ economic growth, only a handful of governments have committed to concrete targets to reduce malnutrition. In addition, very little funding is directed toward nutrition–donors spend less than half of one percent of aid on programs that directly improve nutrition despite their critical importance toward accelerating progress on global health and poverty alleviation.
The cost of continued underinvestment is continued suffering– millions of children will die as a result of malnutrition this year. Rates of chronic malnutrition in children remain unacceptably high; in Africa for example, rates of child stunting (a measure of chronic malnutrition) have stagnated over the past two decades at a level of 40%. The results are devastating – malnutrition leads to irreversibly stunted development and shorter, less productive lives. Less productive lives mean no escape from poverty.
With this in mind, we are joining forces with the ONE campaign to call upon world leaders to make measurable commitments to reduce chronic malnutrition by 2016 and help 25 million children reach their full potential. The 2016 target is an important benchmark towards the 2025 WHO target of reducing stunting by 40%.
By joining the ONE campaign’s petition, you can help turn up the heat on global leaders and ask them to put nutrition on their agenda.
Dear World Leaders,
Thanks for signing the petition. Now help us spread the word.
There are many advocates and champions working to elevate nutrition on the global development agenda at this year’s UN General Assembly meetings. As these newly released reports and resources show, greater progress on malnutrition is possible, but only with greater commitment:
SUN Movement Strategy - Scaling Up Nutrition
SUN Movement Progress Report 2011-2012 – Scaling Up Nutrition
The Nutrition Barometer: Gauging National Responses to Undernutrition – World Vision and Save the Children
Aid for Nutrition – Action Against Hunger
The G-8 and G-20 Summits
The G-8 and G-20 Summits are key moments to ensure there is a strong focus on nutrition in the global development agenda. In order for any initiative to achieve impact in poverty and hunger alleviation at scale, it must improve nutrition for women and children throughout the world. Read More >