The UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025

Action & Commitments

As noted in its Work Programme, the aim of the Nutrition Decade is to accelerate implementation of the ICN2 commitments, achieve the Global Nutrition and diet-related NCD targets by 2025 and contribute to the realization of the SDGs by 2030.

It calls on all relevant actors to make SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound) commitments along the six cross-cutting Action Areas: creating sustainable, resilient food systems for healthy diets; aligning health systems and providing universal coverage of essential nutrition actions; ensuring social protection and nutrition education for all; ensuring trade and investment policies improve nutrition; providing safe and supportive environments for nutrition at all ages; and strengthening governance and accountability for nutrition.

More specifically:

  • Member States, regional political and economic communities and the global community are called upon to translate the commitments made through the Rome Declaration on Nutrition into SMART commitments for action, in the context of national nutrition and nutrition-related policies, and in dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders, particularly people and communities most affected by nutrition challenges. The 60 recommendations of the ICN2 FfA, reflected in the above six action areas, represent a broad range of policy actions for addressing malnutrition in all its forms. Commitments that are SMART help all stakeholders understand what action is intended and improve tracking.
  • Regional political and economic communities, development banks and UN agencies may also submit their own commitments to the Nutrition Decade directly to the joint FAO/WHO Secretariat.
  • Non-state actors may make their commitments in support of Member States SMART commitments. They may also do so through international platforms that receive commitments from Non-State actors.

Commitments can be large or small and can be made by all actors working across all sectors. They could present a new idea or approach to a major challenge, or an existing programme or project that will be scaled up.

It is important that commitments articulate the desired outcome of the effort and have clear and feasible objectives to be accomplished within a defined period of time. Examples of such commitments will be featured on this webpage.

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