Schools offer an opportune and favorable setting to accelerate action and contribute to the systemic action required to end malnutrition in all its forms. The benefits of school nutrition initiatives can extend well beyond nutrition – improving school enrolment and attendance, empowering women and girls, creating value chains for local food producers, supporting sustainable agriculture and ensuring safe and protective environments for growth and learning.
UN agencies have worked to develop a range of tools and resources to support governments, institutions and partners in advancing school-based and school-linked nutrition action in all contexts, including protracted crisis and humanitarian settings.
The Community of Practice on School Nutrition, facilitated by UNSCN, has published the first edition of their Inventory on School Nutrition initiatives. This inventory takes stock on the most up to date guidance, tools and resources from UN agencies in collaboration with their partner organizations to advance the school nutrition agenda and provides a quick reference tool for anyone looking to take action on school nutrition.
The School Nutrition CoP plans to publish yearly editions to update the inventory content under UN Nutrition, in order to provide an up-to-date repository of UN agencies core work in the area of school nutrition.
FAO was established 75 years ago as the first specialized agency of the United Nations. Hunger was rife and with the imminent potential of a rising world population the question was - can the world produce enough food to feed its population? Since then the global nutrition situation has evolved. The spotlight has now shifted to food systems and their failings in providing healthy diets: can the world nourish its fast-growing population?
Working towards the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, FAO is currently updating the Vision and Strategy for FAO’s Work in Nutrition and appropriately is setting for itself the vision of “a world where all people are eating healthy diets from sustainable food systems”. Dr QU Dongyu, Director-General of FAO, is leading the Organization to chart a new “path to a better tomorrow, through better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life”.
December 14, 2020 from 9:00 to 11:00 EST (15:00 to 17:00 CET)
The Governments of Canada and Bangladesh, in partnership with the Government of Japan and with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, cordially invite you to the launch of a Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Year of Action.
The event will showcase new policy and financing commitments to nutrition from a range of stakeholders and will formally launch a Nutrition For Growth Year of Action, that includes milestone events leading up to the Summit in Tokyo in late December 2021.
The event will feature appearances from global nutrition champions including:
- Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF;
- Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;
- Agnes Kalibata, UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Food System's Summit;
- Gerda Verburg, United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Coordinator of the SUN Movement;
- Andrew Morley, CEO World Vision International