Highlights: November 2017

UNSCN members convened a meeting in Rome in November 2017 to reflect on their achievements over the past year and to agree on the areas of joint action for 2018. An analysis of new and emerging issues related to nutrition was central to the discussion and helped to identify knowledge gaps that UNSCN and its members could contribute to filling either individually or collectively. As a result, a Call for Contributions for the upcoming UNSCN news was sent, inviting papers on equity and non-discrimination as drivers of good nutrition. Modes of engagement with the private sector for improved nutrition outcomes were discussed, which included the on-going work of member agencies and other forums. Consensus was reached for UNSCN to develop a roadmap to help guide and solidify the efforts of members seeking to explore the modes of engagement with the private sector.

This meeting marked Michel Mordasini’s last as chair of UNSCN before the conclusion of his term as Vice-President of IFAD at the end of November 2017.

Mr Mordasini was praised for his contribution to making UNSCN a credible platform for UN agencies to engage in substantive and constructive dialogue on nutrition strategies and initiatives in support of the achievement of the SDGs.

During his term, Mr Mordasini opened doors for UNSCN, deepened working relationships with a number of agencies, and has helped re-establish UNSCN’s reporting lines to ECOSOC. His leadership and strategic thinking will be sorely missed as we wish him the very best in his future endeavours.

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