World Food Programme and Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Launch New Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network
Business leaders from some of the world’s biggest companies gathered with leaders from government, the United Nations and civil society in London on 10 December 2012 to announce a new approach to harnessing business support to the fight against maternal and child undernutrition. The event marked the launch of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Business Network.The Business Network will enable businesses to align with the priorities of national governments as they increase their investments in nutrition.
The network will facilitate business engagement in the SUN Movement, link business to other stakeholders and provide a public record of company commitments and activities to scale up nutrition interventions in the Movement’s 33 member countries. SUN Business Network members will act as ambassadors of nutrition by working to bridge the gap between the public and private sectors through the sharing of expertise.
In addition, the introduction of a new online global forum provides a live platform to help businesses share knowledge and best practices on sustainable models to improve nutrition worldwide. The SUN Business Network is co-convened by GAIN and WFP on behalf of the SUN Lead Group, a body of 27 leaders from governments, civil society and business appointed by Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.
International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN)
The International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) sent a discussion paper to Dr. David Nabarro, SUN Coordinator and others in the SUN Movement. The paper outlines six fundamental concerns with the SUN Movement Strategy and makes seven recommendations. On behalf of Mr. Anthony Lake, Chair of the SUN Lead Group and Dr. David Nabarro a letter of response was sent to Patti Rundall, Policy Director of Baby Milk Action. The letter sets out the principles of the SUN Movement including a focus on the empowerment of women so that they are in a position to breastfeed and ensure optimal feeding of their infants and children at least until their second birthday.