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UNICEF International Conference Against Child Undernutrition (Paris, 14-15 May 2013)
Bridging the nutrition security gap in Sub-Saharan Africa: a pathway to strengthen resilience and development
International mobilization around nutrition has never been stronger, in particular around the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. More and more stakeholders are becoming convinced that not only is it crucial to effectively address child undernutrition as a prerequisite for development, but also that it is possible. Strong consensus has emerged on the "1,000 days" window of opportunity, this critical period between the conception and the second birthday of children, when actions can have the most impact on child development, and will ultimately boost social and economic progress.
An ambitious set of goals on stunting and acute malnutrition has been adopted by the World Health ssembly. These goals are attainable, but only if concrete, effective interventions are implemented at scale and if the key importance of child undernutrition is integrated into the post 2015 development agenda.
UNICEF will strategically build on this global momentum by holding a high-level meeting, not only to focus on child undernutrition, but to highlight both the urgent need - and unprecedented opportunity - to address this problem in sub-Saharan Africa, and in doing so to strengthen social and economic progress and resilience in a region that has fallen behind the rest of the world in terms of child nutrition. Momentum in Africa is also building to tackle the problem, and this conference will highlight the way forward.
Organized in Paris, this conference constitutes a unique opportunity to engage France as well as key States of the European Union, especially given the upcoming G8 summit and the discussion of the post-2015 development agenda.
Initiated by UNICEF, this conference is supported by major partners: the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Action contre la Faim (ACF), Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA), the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). It will
also benefit from inputs of other key stakeholders at global level and at regional level in West and Central Africa.
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