The state of food security and nutrition in the world 2017

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18 September 2017 -- This year’s edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World marks the beginning of a new era in monitoring the progress made towards achieving a world without hunger and malnutrition, within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, the report will henceforth monitor progress towards both the targets of ending hunger (SDG Target 2.1) and all forms of malnutrition (SDG target 2.2). It will also include thematic analyses of how food security and nutrition are related to progress on other SDG targets.

Babies and mothers worldwide failed by lack of investment in breastfeeding

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1 August 2017 – No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and WHO in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates. Only 40% of children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively (given nothing but breastmilk) and only 23 countries have exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60%.

Norway announces the establishment of a sustainable fisheries action network

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Geir O. Pedersen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Norway to the UN in NYC, supporting the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025

6 JUNE 2017 | NEW YORK – Norway has become the first country to establish an action network as part of the United Nations (UN) Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025. The Global Action Network on Sustainable Food from the Ocean for Food Security and Nutrition calls for higher priority to be given to fisheries and aquaculture in efforts to improve global food security.

Ecuador announces ambitious commitments to UN Decade of Action on Nutrition

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Left to right - Michael Clark (FAO), Dr Oleg Chestnov (ADG/WHO), Dr Fernando Cornejo, Vice-Minister of Governance and Health Surveillance of Ecuador, His Excellency Ambassador Victor Arturo Cabrera Hidalgo, Dr Carissa Etienne (PAHO Regional Director)

25 MAY 2017 | GENEVA – In a meeting at the World Health Assembly (WHA) today, the Vice-Ministry of Health of Ecuador announced its country’s commitments, in response to the call of the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025).

Brazil first country to make specific commitments in UN 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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UNICEF EAPRO / Sylvie Morel-Seytou

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”

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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.