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The UNSCN is mandated to promote cooperation among UN agencies and partner organizations in support of community, national, regional, and international efforts to end hunger and malnutrition in all forms in this generation. The UNSCN structures and functions exist to support the overall effort, to do what no single agency, acting alone, can do.

The UNSCN is governed by a Chair and an Executive Committee. Ramiro Lopes da Silva (Deputy Executive Director of WFP) is the eleventh Chair since the SCN was established in 1977. He chairs the Executive Committee which includes key nutrition actors in the UN agencies.

Through thematic Working Groups, participants take an active role in the work of the UNSCN, promoting the successful implementation of programmes, sharing advocacy and review tasks in the substantive areas deemed of greatest importance by the collective UNSCN body.

In 2006, the Steering Committee established three Task Forces that address cross-cutting areas such as advocacy and monitoring.

The Secretariat is hosted by WHO in Geneva, headed by the UNSCN Executive Secretary and staffed by two Technical Officers and one administrative position. It carries out tasks assigned by the UNSCN, supports the Chair in executing his or her executive functions, facilitates the work of the Executive Committee, and acts dynamically to strengthen networking and ensure follow-up.

The UNSCN acknowledges the private commercial sector, and especially the food and drink and associated industries, as important actors engaged in nutrition related activities. The UNSCN has developed guidelines for interacting with the private sector, especially those industries with commercial interest in the nutritional nature and quality of food and drink, with the intention among other issues of being open and clear about potential conflicts of interest, and ensuring that these aspects are adequately managed. Read more about the UNSCN and interaction with the Private Sector.
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