David Nabarro Speaks at the International Congress for Nutrition in Granada
The Coordinator of the SUN Movement, David Nabarro, gave a rousing speech setting out his perspective on the evolution and future of the Movement at the 20th International Congress in Granada on 16 September.
Moving the nutrition agenda forward in Bangladesh
National and international experts shared recommendations and perspectives in a policy discussion on “Scaling Up Nutrition; An Urgent Call for Commitment and Multi-Sectoral Action” held at BRAC Centre on 16th September. BRAC organized this roundtable in the lead-up to the Nutrition Conference in New York at the end of this month.Representatives from UNDP, UNICEF, USAID, WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, DFID, AUSAID, WORLD BANK, Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations, World Food Programme, and many other representatives from different ministries of the Government of Bangladesh, as well as journalists joined the policy discussion.
The SUN Movement Global Gathering was held in New York on 23-24 September 2013. There was a high-level meeting in the United Nations and it was workshop-style learning event, aimed at enabling stakeholders from across countries and networks to learn from each other and agree upon concrete ways to accelerate scaling up nutrition. Participation is by invitation only – with Country Focal Points and Network Facilitators having put in place processes to identify who will attend.
Nutrition Justice and Climate Justice highlighted at SUN Global Gathering
During the opening of the Global Gathering of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, civil society representatives from the Lead Group read a joint statement to reaffirm the Civil Society Network’s commitment “to work together to support, encourage and enable the implementation of robust, successful, equitable and sustainable actions and mobilise necessary resources to scale up nutrition” on 23rd September 2013. The meeting was attended by Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation, Dr Tara Shine, Head of Research and Development, Marie-Pierre Allié, President, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF); Tom Arnold, Special Representative for Hunger, Concern Worldwide; Sir Faizle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chair of BRAC; and Jay Naidoo Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Partnership Council of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). It declared “Malnutrition is a result of the failure to realize people’s basic human rights and addressing it is a matter of justice”. The statement also emphasized on the importance of placing people at the centre of policy making and solutions – “empowering people and communities and giving them platforms to discuss their realities and solutions to under nutrition enables them to be convincing advocates for the policy solutions required”.