UNSCN publications 

As part of its advocacy mandate, UNSCN produces a series of publications, such as the UNSCN News, reports on the World Nutrition Situation and Nutrition Policy Papers.

The UNSCN publications reach some 10,000 nutrition practitioners, programme managers and development workers around the world to provide them with cutting edge information on the latest news on food and nutrition policy and programming.

To access earlier UNSCN publications, visit the archive section.


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UNSCN Brief “Non-communicable diseases, diets and nutrition”

28/06/2018 - Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are now the leading cause of mortality worldwide; they are responsible for 70% of global deaths; equivalent to 40 million people. The health and economic repercussions [...]

Guidance Note on Integration of Nutrition in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework

02/01/2018 - The purpose of this Guidance Note is to assist United Nation Country Teams (UNCTs) with the integration of nutrition into the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), using a [...]

UNSCN Discussion Paper - Schools as a System to Improve Nutrition

05/10/2017 - Given the changing circumstances in the nutrition landscape, there is a need to reassess and reiterate the role of the schools in improving health and nutritional status of children. This discussion [...]

UNSCN Discussion Paper - Sustainable Diets for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet

13/09/2017 - Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing all nations today leading to not only environmental but also economic and social consequences. It has increased the risk of weather-related [...]

Guidance Note for UN Humanitarian Coordinators: Integrated multi-sectoral nutrition actions - Nutrition Cluster

31/05/2017 - Integrated multi-sectoral nutrition actions to achieve global and national nutrition-related SDG targets, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected states Reaching the most vulnerable populations [...]

UNSCN Discussion Paper - By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition and leave no one behind

18/04/2017 - The paper aims to present the centrality of nutrition in the current sustainable development agenda. It provides an overview of the numerous and inter-related nutrition targets that have been [...]

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 [...]

UNSCN Discussion Paper - Impact Assessment of Policies to support Healthy Food Environments and Healthy Diets

02/09/2016 - Outcomes and processes for accountability are sorely needed for assessing the impact of food systems policies on nutrition. The Framework for Action includes an adopted set of recommendations on [...]

UNSCN Discussion Paper - Investments for Healthy Food Systems

01/09/2016 - In the ICN2 Rome Declaration Commitment 15, Member States committed to ‘increase investments for effective interventions and actions to improve people's diets and nutrition, including in [...]

UNSCN Discussion Paper - Enhancing Coherence between Trade Policy and Nutrition Action

01/05/2016 - In Commitment 11 of the ICN2 Rome Declaration, Member States ‘acknowledge that trade is a key element in achieving food security and nutrition and that trade policies are to be conducive to [...]

UN Country Level Programmatic Guidelines

01/07/2015 - UNDAF Guidance on Nutrition - Review Study The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) is the strategic programme framework that describes the collective response of the UN system to [...]

Sustainable Food Systems and Health - The convenient truth of addressing climate change while promoting health

01/06/2015 - Feeding the world sustainably and promoting good nutrition and health under a changing climate is one of the main challenges of our time. Changes in dietary patterns towards more production and [...]

OWG Nutrition & Post-2015 Agenda

01/09/2014 - The Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), formed as an outcome of the Rio+20 Conference, concluded its mandate in September 2014 by delivering a report containing a [...]

Review of programming in nutrition-sensitive agriculture

01/03/2014 - As the idea of bringing agriculture more dynamically into the nutrition picture has gained traction in recent years, many development partner agencies and organizations have embarked on programming [...]

Activities of the UNSCN - Climate Change and Nutrition

01/01/2013 - A short overview of the work that the UNSCN and members of NutCC group have been doing to mainstream nutrition in climate policies around the UNFCCC work and Conferences. [...]

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International Forum on Food and Nutrition 28 September 2018,  Barnard College - Columbia University, New York City (USA) The global food system faces unprecedented challenges. Today, in the world 815 million people are starving…
From healthy waters to healthy people Rome, 5 July 2018, FAO Headquarters Sheikh Zayed Centre, 09.30–14.30 The meeting is the first official meeting of the informal Global Action Network on Sustainable Food from the Oceans and…
UNSCN Brief “Non-communicable diseases, diets and nutrition” Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are now the leading cause of mortality worldwide; they are responsible for 70% of global deaths; equivalent to 40 million people. The health and economic repercussions…
Call for comments on the draft WHO Guidelines on saturated fatty acid and trans-fatty intake for adults and children Public consultation open from 04 May to 1 June 2018 Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading causes of death and were responsible for an estimated 39.5 million (72%) of the world’s 54.7…
Transforming Food Systems to Support Nutritious Diets April 17th 2018 at 2121 K. Street NW, Suite 800-B, Washington, D.C. 9.00-10.30 EDT, coffee served from 8.30 FAO Liaison Office for North America and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition…