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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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Grant opportunity for Civil Society Organizations

The Nutrition Advocacy Fund is pleased to announce a grant opportunity for civil society organizations to design and implement advocacy plans to secure clear and firm financial and/or policy commitments from governments of high-burden countries to improve nutrition programs.

The second Nutrition for Growth (N4G2) summit in August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be an important opportunity for governments in high-burden countries to make financial and/or policy pledges to improve their countries' nutrition. The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) civil society alliances and other civil society organizations that work in high-burden countries are well positioned to advocate their governments to commit to greater support. Recognizing that many of these organizations do not have the resources to plan and undertake an advocacy effort, the Nutrition Advocacy Fund aims to quickly disburse funds to support this crucial-and timely-work.

The Nutrition Advocacy Fund will provide grant support (ranging from US$75,000 to US$200,000) to nutrition-focused civil society organizations in high-burden countries to develop and implement advocacy plans to secure financial and/or policy commitments at the N4G2 summit in August 2016. The Nutrition Advocacy Fund is a project of the New Venture Fund (NVF), a US-based, 501(c)(3) public charity. 

Organizations interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact the Nutrition Advocacy Fund at nutritionfund@newventurefund.org for more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply.  Please include the name of the organization; the name, email address, and phone number for a point of contact; and the country where the organization is based (or predominantly operates).

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The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) launched the latest edition of the annual UN hunger report "The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015".

The report states that the number of hungry people in the world has dropped to 795 million - that is 216 million fewer than in 1990-92. Yet, the world population has grown by 1.9 billion since 1990, making reductions of the number of hungry people all the more striking, the report says.

In the developing regions, the prevalence of undernourishment has declined to 12.9 percent of the population, down from 23.3 percent a quarter of a century ago. A majority - 72 out of 129 - of the countries monitored by FAO have achieved the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the prevalence of undernourishment by 2015, with developing regions as a whole missing the target by a small margin.

Large reductions in hunger were achieved in East Asia and very fast progress was posted in Latin America and the Caribbean, southeast and central Asia, as well as some parts of Africa, showing that inclusive economic growth, agricultural investments and social protection, along with political stability makes the elimination of hunger possible. Above all, the political will to make hunger eradication a paramount development objective has fostered progress. Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence of undernourishment in the world - at 23.2 percent, or almost one in every four people.

The full State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015 report is available online, here.
The report in brief is available here.
For further information, click here.

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New UNICEF publication: For every child, a fair chance: The promise of equity

UNICEF is launching a new, in-depth analysis, For every child, a fair chance: The promise of equity, which builds on evidence and experience from UNICEF's focus on reaching the most vulnerable children. As decision-makers debate development and investment priorities for Agenda 2030, two arguments show the urgency for a global commitment to close gaps between those who have the most and those who have the least.

First, the cycle of inequity can be broken. A virtuous cycle of opportunity can be set in motion by supporting interventions that give disadvantaged children a good start in life.

Second, the cost of inaction will be felt in lost lives and wasted potential. Failing to invest sustainably in essential services and protection for every child will have detrimental effects for generations to come.

This report makes the case for closing persistent gaps in equity, because the cycle of inequity is neither inevitable nor insurmountable, and the cost of inaction is too high.

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The Global Nutrition Report 2015 has been launched

The Global Nutrition Report (GNR)  2015 is available now and has been formally launched in New York on 22 September. The GNR has been developed by a vast number of authors (70). An Independent Expert Group is responsible for the Global Nutrition Report's data, analysis and conclusions, and is accountable for the quality and independence of its content.

The GNR provides a comprehensive summary and scorecard on both global and country level progress on all forms of nutrition for 193 countries. The 2015 edition builds and reflects on new opportunities, actions, progress, accountability, and data for nutrition, with the aim to build greater commitment to improved nutrition in all countries.

This year's edition has a chapter on the critical relationship between climate change and nutrition, includes a focus on the roles of business and how it can play a pivotal role and fresh data covering all forms of malnutrition - from under nutrition in young children to nutrition-related noncommunicable diseases in adults, and from stunting to obesity.

Read further by clicking on the link below.

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How Can We Strengthen Governance of Non-communicable Diseases in Pacific Island Countries and Territories?

An article by Roger S. Magnusson and David Patterson on how we can strengthen governance of noncommunicable diseases in Pacific Island Countries and territories, is published in Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, by Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

Pacific island countries and territories (PICTs) are some of the most geographically isolated in the world. Most have small populations and economies. In addition to the economic challenges that they face because of isolation and size are the risks of climate disaster and the challenge of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and tobacco-related diseases. This article builds on knowledge about the key features that characterise effective national responses to NCDs, as embodied in the World Health Organization's Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013-2020. It seeks to identify some promising strategies for strengthening the governance and law reform processes that will be required to enhance the capacity of small island states to reduce NCD risks in their populations. The constraints on addressing NCDs in the Pacific lie with implementation, rather than the absence of evidence for action, or lack of knowledge about effective policies. The principles that underpin the WHO global action plan provide a useful set of concepts to assist countries in strengthening their national roadmaps for NCDs.

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Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on planetary health

The Lancet Commission on Planetary health has launched the report Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(15)60901-1.pdf

Below is a brief summary of the report:
By almost any measure, human health is better now than at any time in history. Life expectancy has soared from 47 years in 1950-1955, to 69 years in 2005-2010, and death rates in children younger than 5 years of age have decreased substantially, from 214 per thousand live births in 1950-1955, to 59 in 2005-2010. But these gains in human health have come at a high price: the degradation of nature's ecological systems on a scale never seen in human history. A growing body of evidence shows that the health of humanity is intrinsically linked to the health of the environment, but by its actions humanity now threatens to destabilise the Earth's key life-support systems.

Continuing degradation of natural systems threatens to reverse the health gains seen over the last century. In short, we have mortgaged the health of future generations to realise economic and development gains in the present.

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IPES-FOOD e-consultation: please contribute!


Call for contributions: Launch of IPES-Food e-consultation on agroecological transitions

The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) today opened a call for contributions on the topic of agroecological transitions.

 IPES-Food is seeking inputs from a wide range of food systems actors to help inform two of its upcoming reports:
1) a review of the challenges and opportunities for diversifying agriculture and food systems;
2) a set of case studies on transitions to agroecology.

The e-consultation takes the form of a short questionnaire, in which respondents are asked to give their insights on the key challenges in shifting towards diversified and agroecological food and farming systems.

The e-consultation is now open to all those wishing to participate, and can be accessed here: Responses should be sent by 11th December 2015

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