In a global effort aimed at eradicating hunger and preventing all forms of malnutrition worldwide, the United Nations announced the launch of The Decade of Action on Nutrition that will provide an umbrella for a wide group of actors to work together to address these and other pressing nutrition issues.
The programme that will run from this year to 2025 will ne a major step towards mobilising action around reducing hunger and improving nutrition around the world.
Today, nearly 800 million people remain chronically undernourished and over two billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiencies.
Meanwhile some 159 million children under 5 years of age are stunted – meaning they are too short for their age. Approximately 50 million children in the same age bracket are wasted – meaning they have low weight for their height.
Another 1.9 billion people are overweight — 600 million of these are obese. And prevalence of people who are overweight or obese is increasing in nearly all countries.
The UN resolution calls upon FAO and WHO to lead the implementation of the programme in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and involving coordination mechanisms such as the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) and multi-stakeholder platforms such as the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).
It also invites national governments and other stakeholders, including international and regional organizations, civil society, the private sector and academia to actively participate.