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UNSCN Turns 40

2017 marks UNSCN’s 40th anniversary. This journey started in April 1977 when the Sub-Committee on Nutrition (SCN) was established by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Throughout its [...]

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Work Programme of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition – First Draft

The First Draft of the Work Programme of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition is now available in all six official UN languages. To comment on this text, we welcome you to visit the online discussion [...]

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Mohamed Ag Bendech Honoured with the Distinguished Nutrition Award for Africa

The Africa Nutrition Society at the 7th Africa Nutrition Epidemiology Conference, held in Marrakech in October 2016, honoured Mohamed Ag Bendech; Senior Food and Nutrition Officer for FAO Regional [...]

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Obituary - Dr Leslie Burgess, Technical Secretary of the UNSCN 1978-1985

(11 August 1930 – 6 January 2017) All of us at the UNSCN offices were very sad to hear of the passing of Dr Leslie Burgess, the former Technical Secretary of the UNSCN. Henry Jacques Leslie [...]

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Compendium of Actions for Nutrition

The Compendium of Actions for Nutrition (or CAN) is a facilitation resource to foster multi-sectoral dialogue at the country level. It presents over 40 possible actions to combat malnutrition, with [...]

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Fall 2016 UNSCN Quarterly Newsletter

The Fall 2016 UNSCN Quarterly Newsletter provides the latest updates on the UNSCN members, our work to foster cross-sectoral dialogue on nutrition, UNSCN’s efforts to raise the profile of [...]

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UNSCN – A New Strategy, A New Focus

UNSCN is gearing up: 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 [...]

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Food and nutrition security and role of smallholder farms - challenges and opportunities

Enhancing smallholders’ production capacities and their economic and social resilience may have a positive impact on food security and nutrition at different levels. Given the importance of [...]

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From Promise to Impact – Ending Malnutrition by 2030, The Global Nutrition Report 2016

The 2016 Global Nutrition Report Report focuses on the theme of making—and measuring— SMART commitments to nutrition and identifying what it will take to end malnutrition in all its forms [...]

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FAO - Soils and pulses, Symbiosis for life

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS) and 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP) to increase awareness and understanding on the importance [...]

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What is UNSCN

The UNSCN is a dedicated platform where UN agencies can have an open, substantive and constructive dialogue on nutrition strategies and initiatives. It is also a place where UN agencies can design joint global approaches, and align their positions and actions when addressing the multi-faceted and evolving nutrition challenges as they arise. As an established and respected forum for facilitating dialogue, UNSCN is well placed to act as a catalyst for sharing their knowledge, best practice and cutting edge information, among its members and with other stakeholders.

Latest resources

14th International Postgraduate Course on the Production and Use of Food Composition Data in Nutrition

01/10/2017 - 1-6 October 2017 / Wageningen, The Netherlands Deadline for registration: 15 June 2017   Background Compilations of data on the nutritional composition of foods are essential tools for [...]

Course - Transforming Nutrition: Ideas, Policies and Outcomes

17/07/2017 - 17- 21 July 2017 / Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK This five-day course will lead participants through cutting edge knowledge and evidence on nutrition globally.  Using an [...]

Webinar on Women's Empowerment in Agriculture: Unexpected Impact of Farmer Nutrition Schools

28/03/2017 - April 5, 2017 | 9:00-10:30 a.m. EDT  In Bangladesh, women are relatively less empowered in comparison to the male members in the household. In most cases, they are not in a position to take part [...]

UNSCN Discussion Paper - Global Governance for Nutrition and the role of UNSCN

27/03/2017 - This paper aims to describe the current nutrition architecture and provides a detailed overview of the main nutrition actors and their mandate. It highlights the role of UNSCN in the architecture [...]

Guidelines on assessing biodiverse foods in dietary surveys

13/03/2017 - Biodiversity is critical to the availability of nutrients in a diversified diet that supports health and well-being, as well as to the sustainability of the natural resource base upon which food [...]

Upcoming events

International Conference on Iodine in Food Systems and Health

15/11/2017 - This first international conference on Iodine in Food Systems and Health will be held 15-17 November 2017 in Pisa, Italy. It is organized by the World Iodine Association to bring together stakeholders [...]

IUNS 21st International Congress of Nutrition (ICN), Buenos Aires, 15-20 October 2017

15/10/2017 - The IUNS 21st International Congress of Nutrition (ICN) will be held in Buenos Aires, October 15th – 20th, 2017. The scientific programme is currently being designed according to the motto [...]

New request for Proposal - Collaborative Research Initiative

15/04/2017 - Deadline for submission: 15 April 2017   Informing the Delivery of Nutrition Interventions for Adolescent Girls and Young Women with a focus on low and middle income countriesThe Sackler [...]

E-consultation: How can value chains be shaped to improve nutrition?

27/03/2017 - The Rome-based Agencies (RBA) and FAO’s Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) are joining forces for the open online consultation “How can value chains be shaped to [...]

Call for Papers - Public Health Panorama

09/03/2017 - Deadline for submission: 31 May 2017 Public Health Panorama, the journal of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, calls for the submission of papers for a special issue on obesity and unhealthy diets [...]