Nutrition Campaign

A number of recent global efforts have sought to address concerns about the guarantee of the right to food for all, through a specific focus on nutrition, education and awareness raising, setting the context for a more integrated approach to the implementation of the RTFG. In 2008, FAO, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched the Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger Initiative (REACH), which aims to scale up interventions addressing child under nutrition through the coordinated action of UN agencies, civil society, donors and the private sector, under country-led plans. In the same year, the UN Secretary-General‘s (UNSG) 22-member High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis explicitly addressed FSN with a focus on links between agriculture, food systems and nutrition outcomes in its Comprehensive Framework for Action (CFA). Finally, the Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) multi-stakeholder initiative was launched in 2009, founded on the principle that all people have a right to food and good nutrition. The movement calls for collective action to achieve its objectives. The 36th Committee on World Food Security (CFS) incorporated the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN) in its Advisory Group, aiming at better integration of FSN policy. More explicitly, the Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition (GSF) endorsed recommendations included in the RtFG and asked countries to take specific actions to address FSN concerns. In particular, this involved taking steps through education, information and labeling regulations, and through maintaining, adapting or strengthening dietary diversity and healthy eating habits and food preparation, while ensuring adequate availability and access to food (CSF, 2013). The GSF also identified “low levels of education and literacy” among the main demographic and social issues that contribute to hunger and malnutrition. Finally, it remarked how lessons show that the inter generational transmission of hunger and malnutrition has also been prevented through education and promotion of literacy among the most vulnerable, especially women and girls. The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), under the slogan “better nutrition, better lives”, will be hosted by FAO and WHO in Rome from 19–21 November 2014. The ICN2 is an inclusive intergovernmental meeting on nutrition, occurring 22 years after the first conference of its kind. The ICN2 will ask delegates to review what progress has been made, identify the challenges that remain, and identify the opportunities for improving nutrition that have since arisen. The Conference will bring food, agriculture, health, education, social protection and other sectors together to mobilize the political will and resources necessary for both improving nutrition and for reaching consensus around a global, multiculturalism nutrition framework. The event falls within the same year as the Ten-Year Retrospective on the Right to Food Guidelines, and represents a crucial opportunity to share experiences, best practices and lessons learned, and to ha

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