ACTION celebrates the release of the first-ever Global Nutrition Report as a key step forward in efforts to improve data and accountability in the global fight against undernutrition.
A central hub for information on progress against malnutrition at national and global levels, the Report was an outcome of the Nutrition for Growth Summit (N4G) in June 2013. It will be presented for the first time on the international stage at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in Rome from 19-21 November.
“We can only ensure progress on nutrition by holding all actors, including donors and leaders accountable for their commitments. Nutrition is a key pillar of Canada’s maternal and child health commitment, and accountability remains a significant area of focus therein. This report is a powerful and clear reminder of the promises we have made to the world’s mothers and children, and that we are all accountable for the work that must be done to end malnutrition for all,” said Amy Bartlett, Executive Director of RESULTS Canada, an ACTION partner.
Despite the progress represented in the creation of this central hub, much of the data needed to accurately measure nutrition nationally and globally is unavailable or out of date, making it difficult to clarify whether commitments on nutrition are being fulfilled. It is very clear, however, that the world is not contributing enough finances to the global fight against undernutrition.
“The data gaps for nutrition are truly huge. Significant work is needed to better define the shape and scope of malnutrition in many areas, particularly in areas outside of health that also drive malnutrition and resulting inequalities,” said Kate Goertzen, ACTION Senior Associate for Nutrition.
As Member States continue negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the GNR also sets the stage for ambitious target-setting on nutrition within the post-2015 development context. The harsh realities presented in the Report show the importance of ambitious 2015-2030 goals for nutrition. Particularly, nutrition must be an ambitious standalone goal that looks beyond globally-agreed existing targets for 2025.
“We must support civil society in their essential role on accountability. Civil society ensures commitments are made, fulfilled, and directed where they will have the most impact. This means civil society alliances like Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) must be given a seat at the table. And it means relying on civil society advocates as experts, and including them accordingly in national and internal fora,” said Allan Ragi, Executive Director of Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO), an ACTION partner.
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