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Guidance Note for UN Humanitarian Coordinators - Integrated multi-sectoral nutrition actions to achieve global and national nutrition-related SDG targets, particularly in fragile and conflict affected states (FCAS)

As evidenced today, more than ever before, malnutrition is rampant in emergency situations. Globally, many of those who are affected by wars, civil unrests and natural disasters are also suffering from one or more forms of malnutrition.

This paper, prepared by the Global Nutrition Cluster, members of the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN), the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Secretariat and OCHA, shows as malnutrition is an outcome of food insecurity, poor health and care practices. Working in partnership and across sectors for a common outcome is of paramount importance. Food security and nutrition interventions are key elements of the humanitarian response in addition to health and water, sanitation and hygiene services (WASH). The people-centred response should also effectively integrate and address the protection risks in the delivery of services, including from a gender dimension. Clusters/Sectors should also promote a stronger engagement with the affected communities in the assessment of the needs, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the response and ensure systems for monitoring beneficiary satisfaction and complaints mechanism are integrated in the response.

Guidance Note for UN Humanitarian Coordinators: Integrated multi-sectoral nutrition actions to achieve global and national nutrition-related SDG targets, particularly in fragile and conflict affected states (FCAS)

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