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FAO invites the submission of papers to be presented during the technical conference on:

Rural transformation, agricultural and food system transition: Building the evidence base for policies that promote sustainable development, food and nutrition security and poverty reduction

Written by Helen Medina, VP, Product Policy and Innovation at USCIB. 
This post originally appeared on USCIB.org

Nearly 800 million people worldwide remain chronically undernourished, while at the same time incidences of obesity are rising in nearly all countries. This month, the United Nations agreed on a resolution proclaiming the Decade of Action on Nutrition, aiming to galvanize action from all stakeholders to end hunger and eradicate malnutrition worldwide. The resolution calls upon the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) to lead this effort’s implementation, and invites international partners, including the private sector, to support governments as they spearhead work on nutrition.

2015 saw the approval of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an ambitious agenda for change that aims to make significant progress in eradicating poverty, promoting prosperity and protecting the environment by 2030.

The President of the General Assembly of the UN held a special session yesterday on technology and data for the Sustainable Development Goals.  Robynne Anderson joined Mr. Thomas Videbaek, COO of Novozymes in addressing some of the particular questions of agriculture.

20 April, 2016 - As 60 million people around the world face severe hunger because of El Niño and millions more because of climate change, world leaders will meet in New York this week to sign the Paris Agreement on Earth Day.

Global action is urgently needed to tackle the pervasive problem of malnutrition. For too long, it has been underfunded – receiving just $3.9 billion annually in global funding. Reaching the targets to reduce stunting among children and anemia in women, increase exclusive breastfeeding rates, and mitigate the impact of wasting will require an average annual investment of $7 billion over the next 10 years. 

This Competition is aimed at supporting the expansion of proven ideas for a financial product, service or process into new geographies or new customer segment in the rural areas.

The winners for the 2015 Scaling Competition were announced in Accra Ghana on the 14th of April 2016. They consist of five winners coming from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

A health volunteer explains how to use a growth monitoring chart to a mother in Rwanda. What role can the private sector play in finding a sustainable, widespread and lasting solution to the growing “double burden” of stunting and undernourishment, and obesity and diabetes? Photo by: Juozas Cernius / Global Communities / USAID / CC BY-NC-ND

The most recent statistics on child malnutrition are bleak: Nearly half of the deaths of children under the age of 5 in Africa and Asia can be attributed to this preventable condition, according to UNICEF. That translates to approximately 3 million unnecessary deaths each year.

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message, as delivered by David Nabarro, Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to the Economic and Social Council Partnership Forum, in New York today:

I am pleased to send greetings to the annual Partnership Forum of the Economic and Social Council [ECOSOC].  To successfully implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we must swiftly move from commitments to action and, to do that, we need strong, inclusive and integrated partnerships at all levels.

Giving local leaders a global stage to inspire transformational action on the SDGs.

The SDGs lay out a clear vision for a sustainable future, and will shape a new era for business. The UN Global Compact is taking the lead on turning these goals into drivers for sustainable business to unlock economic, social and environmental gains for the world.