Brazil first country to make specific commitments in UN Decade of Action on Nutrition

Brazil commitment on decade of action on nutrition
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Left to Right - Sr Ricardo Barros, Minister of Health of Brazil; Dr Carissa Etienne, Regional Director for WHO in the Americas and Dr Oleg Chestnov, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases

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.

WHO’s Ambition and Action in Nutrition 2016-2025

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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

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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.

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).