The UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025

Action & Commitments


WaterAid commits to the Nutrition Decade

WaterAid stands ready to work in partnership with national governments to contribute towards the success of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition, and in support of country-led action plans.

In support of Action Area 5 on Safe and supportive environments for nutrition at all ages, WaterAid commits to:

  1. Support country-led action in 27 countries to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene for those communities and groups who are most vulnerable to and suffer most from undernutrition. In line with our Global Strategy 2015-2020, we will work with partners and communities to support and hold to account country-led approaches towards achieving universal access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030.
  2. Strengthen the evidence base for effective integrated actions through research and analysis of national nutrition and WASH policies, plans and programmes in at least 23 countries; and through collaboration with SUN and SWA, documenting and promoting case studies of promising practice from 12 priority countries.
  3. Work in partnership with national governments in at least 10 countries to strengthen institutional mechanisms for coordinated policy, planning and delivery between Ministries responsible for nutrition and WASH.
  4. Increase the nutrition-sensitivity of our own WASH programming by improving targeting to areas of high undernutrition, and prioritising women and children; by improving WASH in healthcare facilities serving vulnerable communities; and by developing integrated behaviour change campaigns including key hygiene and nutrition-relevant behaviours.

WaterAid urges governments to make specific commitments in law and policy that are backed by sufficient budgetary allocations to achieve national and global nutrition and WASH goals.

For further information, we welcome you to read the full commitment here.