Formation of Civil Society Alliance for Scaling Up Nutrition, Bangladesh:
Bangladesh has formed the Civil Society Alliance for Scaling up Nutrition in Bangladesh (CSA for SUN, BD), composed of representatives from civil society networks across Bangladesh to work under the leadership of the government, to advocate for the further development of the national nutrition agenda and ultimately improve the lives of malnourished people across this country.
‘Bread for the World’ Releases 2013 Hunger Report:
A new report issued by Bread for the World showed the progress being made in many countries towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed upon in 2000. Within Reach: Global Development Goals, 2013 Hunger Report calls for increased focus on ending hunger and extreme poverty as the 2015 MDG deadline approaches, as well as in the post-2015 development framework and goals.
Bread for the World held a launch event in Washington DC to draw attention to the current and future challenges in ending hunger within a generation. Speakers at the event included:
• Rev. David Beckmann, President of the Bread for the World Institute
• Hon. Mwaniaid Sinare Maajar, Tanzania’s Ambassador to the United States
• Stephan Bauman, President and CEO of World Relief
• Jonathan Shrier, Acting Special Representative for Global Food Security, US Department of State
The panel was moderated by Ndimyake Mwakalyelye, radio and television journalist from Voice of America.
While Bread for the World calls specifically for US leadership in the fight against hunger, Beckmann also said, “The goal should be universal and include all countries. We can end hunger within a generation.”
Announcing the Launch of the SUN Business Network
Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever, and David Nabarro, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Food Security & Nutrition will be among those participating in the launch of the SUN Business Network in London on 10 and 11 December. The London meeting will constitute the most important gathering of business and partners from governments and civil society since the launch of SUN.
The SUN Business Network, which is co-convened by GAIN and the WFP, operates under the aegis of the SUN Lead Group appointed by the UN Secretary General.
The London meeting will focus on improving collaboration between business and other stakeholders. It will examine practical ways to stimulate the role of the private sector in making nutritious foods more accessible and affordable to the poor, especially those in the 1000 days window from conception to two years of age.
The Business Network plans to set up an e-platform to help practitioners share insights on the engagement of the local and international business community to scale up nutrition at the country and global levels.
Food security and nutrition: Scaling up the global response on nutrition
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Economic and Financial Committee of the General Assembly (Second Committee), in collaboration with FAO, IFAD and WFP, are organizing a Special Event on “Food security and nutrition: Scaling up the global response.” The event provides a unique opportunity to discuss food security and nutrition with experts and representatives of Governments from around the world to identify steps to build a future free of hunger. The event aims to promote coordinated international action to address both immediate issue of high food prices and long-term issues of production, trade and consumption of food.
The Global Week of Action
World Vision’s first Global Week of Action was help on 13th to 20th November. In response to the shockingly high number of children dying before their fifth birthday World Vision is seeking to bring people together across the globe to show support for the millions of children at risk of illness or death from preventable causes like Malaria, Diarrhea and malnutrition. More than 60 countries and some 500,000 people were involved in the action.