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UNSCN is the food and nutrition policy harmonization forum of the United Nations.
The mandate of the UNSCN is to promote cooperation among UN agencies and partner organizations in support of community, national, regional, and international efforts to end malnutrition in all of its forms in this generation. It will do this by refining the direction, increasing the scale and strengthening the coherence and impact of actions against malnutrition world wide, and raise awareness of nutrition problems and mobilize commitment to solve them at global, regional and national levels. Read more
On Friday 10 June, Michel Mordasini, Chair of UNSCN and Vice-President of IFAD and Ambassador Amira Gornass, Chair of CFS hosted the UNSCN event on "Trade and Nutrition: Opportunities and Risks".
More than 130 CFS stakeholders and representatives from civil society, the private sector and academia attended the event.
Highlights of the event:
- It contributed to create the base for a common understanding about healthy diets and the need for a conducive food environment
- It positioned nutrition as an important starting point and outcome for development
- It highlighted the importance of policy coherence to achieve nutrition outcomes
- It is important to build the evidence base about the impact of trade on nutrition, to inform trade negotiations
- It is essential to involve all actors in the value chain in order to make it more nutrition sensitive
Stineke Oenema, coordinator of UNSCN and Deborah Fulton, CFS secretariat both emphasized the added value of having jointly hosted the event.
The key issues arising from the discussion will be compiled in a document that will be shared among participants and posted on the website.
FAO will organise a technical meeting in fall, building on the UNSCN event, to start identifying the indicators for measuring the impact of trade and nutrition and build a research agenda. In December, FAO and WHO will jointly organise a symposium during which this issue will be discussed again with technical staff from member states. Follow up on trade and nutrition will need to go beyond FAO and WHO. All actors need to continue work on this issue.
A recorded version of the event is available on: http://www.fao.org/webcast/home/en/item/4109/icode/.
UNSCN Discussion Paper - English
UNSCN Discussion Paper - French
UNSCN Discussion Paper - Spanish
UNSCN Executive Summary - English
UNSCN Executive Summary - French
UNSCN Executive Summary - Spanish
UNSCN is gearing up: last week’s news about the Decade of Action on Nutrition coincided with the finalization of the new Strategic Plan of UNSCN. UNSCN is pleased to be ready to support the UN system to ensure a successful Decade and support the achievement of global nutrition targets. In its Strategic Plan, UNSCN refers to the Decade by stating it is a very useful framework for all its activities.
UNSCN is a dedicated platform for open, substantive and constructive dialogue amongst UN agencies on their respective strategies and efforts related to nutrition, as well as for the formulation of aligned and joint global approaches, positions and actions to address the complex and many facets of the evolving nutrition challenges. Moreover, UNSCN benefits from a well-established and respected capacity and capability to facilitate dialogue, information and knowledge sharing amongst its members and with other stakeholders.
The Strategic Plan provides information particularly on UNSCN’s vision, role, advantages and added value.
View the Strategic Plan online
Today, 1st of April, the GA has proclaimed the Decade of Action on Nutrition, 2016-2025.
together with its members welcomes this important step towards
mobilising action to eradicate malnutrition in all its forms, involving
Progress to reduce undernourishment and
micronutrient deficiencies has been far too slow and uneven across
regions, countries and populations groups The prevalence of overweight
and obesity is increasing in nearly all countries. Still nearly 800
million people remain chronically undernourished and 159 million
children under 5 years of age are stunted, approximately 50 million
children under 5 years are wasted, over two billion people suffer from
micronutrient deficiencies and 1.9 billion people are affected by
overweight of which over 600 million are obese
The Decade of
Action on Nutrition is a commitment of Member States to undertake 10
years of sustained and coherent implementation of policies and
programmes, following the recommendations and commitments of the ICN2
Framework for Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Decade will increase visibility of nutrition action at the highest
level and ensure coordination, strengthen multisectoral collaboration,
create synergies and measure progress towards sustainable food systems
and food and nutrition security for all.
GA call upon WHO and
FAO to lead the implementation of the United Nations Decade of Action on
Nutrition, in collaboration with the World Food Programme, the
International Fund for Agricultural Development and the United Nations
Children's Fund, and to identify and develop a work programme, using
coordination mechanisms such as UNSCN, the UN System Standing Committee
Michel Mordasini, Chair of the UNSCN: “UNSCN
stands ready to work along with WHO, FAO in collaboration with IFAD, WFP, UNICEF and other UN agencies, to make the Decade a success!”
UN General Assembly proclaims Decade of Action on Nutrition
General Assembly proclaims the Decade of Action on Nutrition
We are pleased to inform you that, since January 1st, the UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) has officially settled in the FAO premises in Rome, where it all started almost 40 years ago. As you know, FAO hosted the secretariat from 1977, the year of UNSCN’s establishment, to 1988; WHO Geneva took over the hosting of the secretariat from 1988 until December 2015. The new secretariat, also on behalf of all UNSCN members, thanks the former secretariat in WHO for the tremendous work it has done over the past 30 years.
On January 14th, the first face-to-face meeting of UNSCN Members supported by the new secretariat took place at FAO headquarters in Rome. The UNSCN members came together to deliberate on a draft strategic plan (2016-2020) and a new focus for UNSCN in light of the recent developments in the global nutrition architecture.
From left to right : Nancy Walters(REACH and UN Network for SUN), Veronique De Schutter (UNSCN), Michael Clark (FAO), Chitra Deshpande (IFAD), Richard Longhurst (FAO), Michel Mordasini (IFAD), Anna Lartey (FAO), Iain MacGillivray (IFAD), Stineke Oenema (UNSCN), Werner Schultlink (UNICEF), Francesco Branca (WHO), Sean Kennedy (IFAD), Marzella Wustefeld (WHO), Deborah Fulton (CFS), Cornelia Loechl (IAEA).
FAO Headquarters in Rome