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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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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.

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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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UN General Assembly proclaims Decade of Action on Nutrition

General Assembly proclaims the Decade of Action on Nutrition

Obituary in Memory of Dr. URBAN JONSSON

Dr. Urban Jonsson passed away on March 8th, just a few days after his 72nd birthday.

Urban Jonsson, a national of Sweden and resident of Tanzania, held a Ph.D. in Food Science with focus on Nutrition. He pursued advanced training on nutrition at Cornell University and lifelong studies in philosophy, mathematics and a series of other disciplines in order to build his impressive competence within the broad areas of development and human rights, often with the problems of nutrition and hunger as the point of reference.

Following academic and research work at Chalmers University in Sweden, the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Center and the United Nations University in Tokyo, he started his long and successful career in UNICEF as the country representative to Tanzania in 1981. He went on to become the chief of nutrition for UNICEF globally, and then regional director, first in South Asia, based in Kathmandu, and then in Eastern and Southern Africa based in Nairobi. He completed his career in UNICEF as senior advisor on human rights, and then went on to work on a series of significant assignments and publications in this area.

Dr. Jonsson will be remembered for leading the ground-breaking work to develop the ‘UNICEF conceptual framework for nutrition causal analysis’ which has become universally adopted and used as a tool to understand and find solutions to nutrition problems. He will also be remembered for introducing the principles of ‘duty-bearers and claim-holders’ in human rights based development programming.
For those who were privileged to know and work with Urban, there is a wide range of issues related to development, nutrition, HIV and AIDS, human rights and social justice where his phenomenal capacity for systematic research and analytical clarity helped to open new insights and, indeed, amazing opportunities for enhancing human dignity and respect. He was tireless in his commitment to children, and to all of humanity.

Urban leaves behind his wife, Dr. Olivia Yambi, his two daughters Asa and Anna, his grand-daughter and family in Sweden. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues, and by countless other persons in all parts of the world – from ordinary mothers and fathers to leaders in the highest positions – whose lives he touched. The world will surely be diminished, and less lively, without him.

Urban Jonsson with strength and determination stood up against oppression, indifference and pure nonsense and created meaningful ways to realize children’s right to health, nutrition, education and a life free from all forms of violence.

Author: Bjorn Ljungqvist

UNSCN thanks Urban Jonsson for his important support to UNSCN, especially his dedicated chairmanship of the UNSCN working group on nutrition, ethics and human rights.

Urban Jonsson

UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition settled in the FAO premises in Rome

Dear Reader,

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.

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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

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