20-21 March 2019
Washington DC, USA

Convened annually, the Global Food Security Symposium addresses the US government's and international community’s progress on global food security and ensures that new challenges are met with action and innovation.

Since 2013, the Next Generation Delegation program has provided an opportunity for promising students to engage in symposium discussions and to interact with business and policy leaders, civil society, and social entrepreneurs working on agriculture, food, and nutrition issues.

With its focus on pathways to opportunity for the next generation, the 2019 symposium will offer key insights on how to leverage past successes, and invigorate future efforts amidst an evolving global landscape. This unique window of opportunity is a chance to help shape the next decade of leadership on global food security.

More info available here.

UNSCN provided input to the thematic review of the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF), which is set to take place at the UN headquarters in New York from 9 - 18 July 2019. The contribution is in line with the 2019 theme “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” and provides guidance on how nutrition can be a connecting force between the SDGs and a catalyst to their achievement. It also emphasizes areas that require urgent attention and the need to accelerate progress in poverty eradication from a human rights-based approach.

The report is available here.


Duty Station: London, UK (some home working maybe agreed)

Duration: Fixed until 31 March 2020 (starting as soon as possible) 

Deadline for application: 1 April 2019 (12.00 noon)

Vacancy announcement 

11-22 March 2019
United Nations HQ, New York (USA)

The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2019.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are expected to attend the session.


  • Priority theme: Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls;
  • Review theme: Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session)

More info available here

Banner: CSW63, The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 11-22 March 2019

11-15 March 2019
Nairobi, Kenya

The United Nations Environment Assembly is the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment. It addresses the critical environmental challenges facing the world today. Understanding these challenges and preserving and rehabilitating our environment is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Under the overall theme Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production, the 2019 UN Environment Assembly will address the following three focus areas: 

(a) environmental challenges related to poverty and natural resources management, including sustainable food systems, food security and halting biodiversity loss; 

(b) life-cycle approaches to resource efficiency, energy, chemicals and waste management; and

(c) innovative sustainable business development at a time of rapid technological change.

More info available here.

Duty Station: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Duration: 11 months

Deadline for application: 22 March 2019

Vacancy announcement 

6 March 2019
Bergen, Norway

This meeting is a follow up of the 1st meeting (5 July 2018) and the 2nd meeting (18 October 2018) where inputs were collected in order to develop a Mission Statement, a Concept Document, and an Action Plan.

This meeting will look at the elements of food security (access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food, meeting dietary needs and food preferences) and:

  • Discuss/exchange challenges, available resources/ science and knowledge gaps
  •  Exchange/ elaborate on possible actions and SMART-commitments
  • Identify relationships between actions/ SMART-commitment's and the CFS recommendations and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
  • Discuss ways to network towards common goals, including identifying measurable actions A "Gaining and sharing document" is prepared to facilitate the discussions.

More information available on the Global Action Network webpage

Sign up to the meeting by sending an email to: foodfromtheocean@nfd.dep.no 

Kindly register no later than 1st of March 2019.

Invitation 3rd meeting Global Action Network




In an effort to present nutrition related news at the global and country level, UNSCN and the UNN Secretariats are teaming up to produce the first comprehensive overview of recent developments supported and/or coordinated by the UN system.

The first issue for 2019 edition includes:

  • Optimizing human health and environmental sustainability
  • Increasing commitments to the Nutrition Decade
  • Outcomes of the International Symposium on Understanding the Double Burden of Malnutrition for Effective Interventions
  • Reinforcing the collective mindset for nutrition in Liberia
  • Burkina Faso's Common Nutrition Narrative emblematic of new climate for increased harmonization of UN support
  • Prime Minister of the Comoros endorses the decision to map nutrition stakeholders and actions following a study visit with Chad
  • Obituary - In memory of Dr. Elisabet Helsing


You can access you copy here. Photo credits @WFP Liberia/John Monibah

February 27 - March 1, 2019 University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart (Germany) The 4th Congress Hidden Hunger is a continuation of the successful, international event series "Congress Hidden Hunger" which started in 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany. As in case of the previous congresses in this series, the 4th Congress Hidden Hunger taking place in 2019 will bring together members of different disciplines: nutritionists, agricultural scientists, economists and sociologists. The Congress will encourage the dialogue between scientists, policy-makers and representatives of non-governmental organizations and the private sector. It will review the available evidence on the double burden problem, present new research findings on underlying causes and consequences, feature innovative strategies to deal with the problem and discuss the roles and responsibilities of governments, development organizations, civil society and the private sector in combating the double burden of malnutrition. Registration & Abstract submission Deadline for submission of an "Abstract with Scholarship": 16 November 2018 Deadline for submission of an "Abstract without Scholarship": 23 November 2018 Website

The Global Panel’s strength is in its foundation – as an independent group of influential experts with a commitment to tackling global challenges in food and nutrition security. Due to the wealth of knowledge and experience of its members, it is able to provide strategic thinking and deep analysis on a variety of emerging issues and present that information through both policy briefs and foresight reports. These evidence-based reports provide the necessary interlinkages when addressing issues of urbanization, consumer behaviour, food environments, food safety, climate change and more.

GLOPAN pledges their support to the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition. Their reports act as a contribution to the Nutrition Decade because they provide substantive modelling and trend analysis to help policymakers better understand trends in agriculture and diets and to estimate costs/benefits of new agriculture and food policies. The Global Panel also convenes a High Level Stakeholder Group to ensure the success of the ongoing Foresight 2.0 project by drawing on the strategic and practical advice of the Group members and their influence in policy environments.

Furthermore, they will continue to bring together policymakers from different sectors in the food systems, as well as deliver evidence and tools to encourage and support governments in low- and middle-income countries as they design and implement food and nutrition policies. These efforts will be done in collaboration with international and regional partners.

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