CSW61 side-event “Women and labour: a nutritional perspective”

CSW61 participants photo
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Venue of the event at the UN Headquarters in New York

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.

Work Programme of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025

healthy vegetables

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.

New features and interventions in eLENA

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11 January 2017 -- The WHO electronic Library of Evidence for Nutrition Actions (eLENA) has been updated with a new feature: systematic review summaries provide convenient access to key elements of systematic reviews which serve as the evidence base for interventions in eLENA.

eLENA has also been updated with interventions from WHO guidelines.

FAO/WHO conference stresses need for transformation of food systems across all sectors

Chef Zubaida Tariq selecting pulses at a grocery stall at Empress Market, a famous market in downtown Karachi, Pakistan.
Chef Zubaida Tariq selecting pulses at a grocery stall at Empress Market, a famous market in downtown Karachi, Pakistan.

Healthy diets and adequate nutrition for everyone are essential to eradicate hunger and malnutrition by 2030

2 December 2016 | Rome -- A high-level international symposium on nutrition ended here today with a resounding reminder of the importance of promoting healthy diets and ensuring adequate nutrition for everyone in order to eradicate hunger and malnutrition by 2030 - a goal set by the UN Member nations last year. The conference was jointly organized by FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Malnutrition in the crosshairs

A farming family in Kyrgyzstan takes a break from the day's work to share a meal.
A farming family in Kyrgyzstan takes a break from the day's work to share a meal.

One in three people suffers some form of malnutrition – Enormous economic burden – International meeting searches for ways to improve diets and food systems

1 December 2016 | Rome -- Responding to the mounting impacts of malnutrition on public health and economic development — estimated to cost $3.5 trillion per year — via a shift to healthier diets and food systems will be the subject of a high-level symposium kicking off here today. The International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition (1-2 December) will look at country-level challenges and successes to shed light on effective approaches to reshaping food production, processing, marketing and retail systems to better tackle the problem of malnutrition, which blights the lives of billions of individuals and can trap generations in a vicious cycle of poverty and malnutrition.

UN human rights experts urge countries to increase efforts to protect, promote and support breastfeeding, and end inappropriate marketing of breast-milk substitutes

UN Human rights statement on breastfeeding and inappropriate marketing of breast-milk substitutes photo
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22 November 2016 | Geneva -- Today, UN human rights experts told countries that they need to do more to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as a human right, including ending the inappropriate marketing of breast-milk substitutes and other foods intended for infants and young children. The joint statement was issued by the UN Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Food and the Right to Health, the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice, and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

New guidelines on antenatal care for a positive pregnancy experience

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7 November 2016 | Geneva -- The World Health Organization has issued a new series of recommendations to improve quality of antenatal care to reduce the risk of stillbirths and pregnancy complications and give women a positive pregnancy experience. By focusing on a positive pregnancy experience, these new guidelines seek to ensure not only a health pregnancy for mother and baby, but also an effective transition to positive labour and childbirth and ultimately to a positive experience of motherhood.

Call for experts

WHO Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) Subgroup on Policy Actions

Deadline of submission: 22 May 2017