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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

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EVENT - Online consultation on the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition

The online consultation to help elaborate the Work Programme for the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition is now live! We invite you to join the discussion and share the actions and actors that you believe are needed to make this Decade a success.

The online consultation will be open for the next three weeks in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish on the FSN Forum website. To take part, please send your comments in any of these languages to FSN-moderator@fao.org or post them directly online. 

We invite you to circulate this opportunity to the appropriate stakeholders in your country and networks to guarantee that all actors are able to engage and be connected in a meaningful way. Thank you for your valuable contribution to this exchange.

Report: Facing the challenge of the 21st century

The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition commissioned publication Food Systems and diets: Facing the challenge of the 21st century is a comprehensive overview of the ongoing transformation of our food system and its effect on malnutrition. The report uncovers the major drivers of dietary changes, exposes the impact of external influences and recommends policies and tools to reshape the global food system to favor better nutritional outcomes.

UNSCN – A new Strategy and a new Focus

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 in EnglishFrench, Spanish, Arabic and Russian.

General Assembly proclaims the Decade of Action on Nutrition

Today, 1st of April, the GA has proclaimed the Decade of Action on Nutrition, 2016-2025.

UNSCN, together with its members welcomes this important step towards mobilising action to eradicate malnutrition in all its forms, involving all countries.
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 on Nutrition.
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!”

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