Human Rights

The UNSCN Strategic Plan (2016-2020) states that UNSCN is guided by the human rights framework, particularly the right to adequate food and nutrition and it acknowledges that gender equality and realisation of women’s rights are central to achieve nutrition goals. Human rights should be respected, protected and promoted at all times, including in fragile and emergency contexts.

Agenda 2030 addresses malnutrition explicitly in Sustainable Development Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. However, it also includes a specific goal on inequalities, Goal 10: Reduce Inequalities within and among countries. ‘Leaving no one behind’ is a key principle of the post-2015 framework. It calls for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda to target all people, without bias or discrimination, to go beyond ‘averages’ and address inequalities of opportunity and outcome. The idea is to meet the Agenda’s goals for everyone, regardless of gender, race, caste, ethnic group, class, religion, disability, age, geographical location, sexual orientation and identity, health or any other status.

Agenda 2030 is designed to prompt action towards realizing food and nutrition for all, meaning that everyone should have access to an adequate diet that is healthy, nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate. These global commitments to tackle malnutrition are rooted in the conviction that every human being has a right to adequate food and nutrition, and that not realizing this right makes other fundamental rights more difficult to uphold (right to survival, right to development, right to health). While there has been significant progress on reducing poverty and hunger at the global level in recent decades, malnutrition remains a day-to-day crisis, with one in three people malnourished in one form or another.

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Reducing Inequalities: SDG 10 Progress and Prospects

02/04/2019 - 2-3 April, 2019Geneva, Switzerland This two-day conference will look at the progress made on SDG 10, which calls for reduced inequalities. The outcomes from this conference will be used as inputs in [...]

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63)

11/03/2019 - 11-22 March 2019United Nations HQ, New York (USA) The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) will take place at the UN HQ, New York from 11 to 22 March 2019. [...]

Independent Civil Society Report on the use and implementation of the Right to Food Guidelines

04/10/2018 - The CFS’ monitoring of the use and application of the RTF Guidelines comes at an important moment. The protection, promotion, and realization of human rights – including the [...]

UNSCN News 43 - Advancing equity, equality and non-discrimination in food systems: Pathways to reform

01/09/2018 - Inherent barriers exist in food systems that prevent people from overcoming persistent and intergenerational malnutrition and poverty. To overcome these barriers and ensure that no one is left behind, [...]

A Child Rights-Based Approach to Food Marketing: A Guide for Policy Makers

21/06/2018 - Evidence gathered over the past 20 years indicates that marketing of unhealthy food is a key contributor to the growing rates of child overweight. New marketing channels, ever-evolving techniques, and [...]

Can a human rights based approach accelerate reduction of undernutrition and obesity?

26/04/2018 - Can a human rights based approach accelerate reduction of  undernutrition and obesity was an international, interdisciplinary seminar hosted by the Department of Nutrition, University of [...]

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 [...]

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