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.
FAO welcomes resolution as a leap forward in galvanising international action on nutrition
1 April 2016, New York - The United Nations General Assembly today proclaimed a UN Decade of Action on Nutrition that will run from 2016 to 2025. FAO welcomed the decision, calling it a major step towards mobilising action around reducing hunger and improving nutrition around the world.