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UN General Assembly 2022: Scaling Up Nutrition movement lead group meets at critical time for global malnutrition – World

The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Lead Group met last month at UNICEF headquarters in New York during UN General Assembly High Level Week to advance the impact on nutrition at a critical time when climate, conflict and economic crises threaten to reverse. progress towards the elimination of malnutrition.

The SUN Movement is a multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral movement led by countries in 65 countries and 4 Indian states to accelerate progress towards achieving their national nutrition goals and in doing so, also support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is supported by a 24-person SUN Movement High-Level Lead Group (full list below) who is appointed by the UN Secretary-General and has overall responsibility for the progress of the SUN Movement towards achieving its goals. Goals. The Lead Group includes leaders from government, business, civil society and the UN system. It aims to preserve the unique national character of the SUN Movement while being active advocates for better nutrition outcomes globally.

At its meeting, the Lead Group recognized the increased pressure that countries now face to achieve their nutrition goals and affirmed their common and individual commitments to support countries.

SUN Movement Lead Group members shared their commitments, leveraging their influence and mobilizing their roles to act as vocal nutrition champions in their work related to the multiple climate, food, energy and financial crises; ensuring that nutrition is on the agenda of high-level forums such as the G20 and UN Climate Change Conferences (COPs); work together to ensure that all voices, especially children, youth, women and civil society, are heard at national and local levels; support gender-transformative approaches to ensure the nutrition of girls and women, who are too often the hardest hit by climate and climate-related shocks; to help create a space for exchange at ministerial level on social protection issues and to provide cross-sector and multi-stakeholder support to governments to provide long-term solutions to strengthen national health, education, protection systems agriculture and food that support sustainable, country-specific nutritional gains.

Recognizing the critical role that Lead Group members can play, new Lead Group Chair Catherine Russell, Executive Director of UNICEF, said: “The energy and commitment of these leaders will provide much-needed support to countries SUN as they strive to meet critical national nutrition needs. targets. Although we have made progress in reducing child malnutrition in all countries and regions, this progress is threatened by the proliferation of conflicts and crises, including climate crises. We are also seeing worrying increases in overweight and obesity which, in turn, lead to an increase in non-communicable diseases. Coming together and leveraging our collective capacity, as the SUN Movement Lead Group has done, is essential to ensuring good nutrition for children, women and communities around the world.

UN Under-Secretary-General and SUN Movement Coordinator Gerda Verburg said, “I am delighted to have this newly appointed and highly engaged lead group in place. The leadership and influence they bring will be used to scale up efforts across the SUN Movement to support country nutrition priorities and actions.

The members of the newly appointed SUN Movement Lead Group are:

  • Akin Adesina (Nigeria), President, African Development Bank
  • Reem Al-Hashimi (United Arab Emirates), Cabinet Member and Minister of State for International Cooperation
  • Inger Ashing (Sweden), CEO, Save the Children International
  • Cherrie Atilano (Philippines), CEO and President, AGREA Agricultural Systems International, Inc.
  • David Beasley (USA), Executive Director, World Food Program
  • Martin Chungong (Cameroon), Secretary General, Inter-Parliamentary Union
  • Pierre Cooke Jr. (Barbados), Prime Minister, Barbados Youth Parliament; Technical Advisor, Healthy Caribbean Coalition
  • Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko (Angola), Commissioner, Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment, African Union Commission
  • Gabriela Rodriguez De Bukele (El Salvador) First Lady, Presidency of El Salvador
  • Githinji Gitahi (Kenya), CEO, AMREF Health Africa
  • Sophie Healy-Thow (Ireland), Global Youth Campaigns Coordinator, Global Alliance for Better Nutrition
  • Mansur Muhtar (Nigeria), Vice President, Islamic Development Bank
  • David Nabarro (UK), 4SD Strategic Director, COVID-19 Special Envoy of WHO Director General, UN Global Crisis Response Group Food Workstream Co-lead
  • Sania Nishtar (Pakistan), Member of the Senate, President, Heartfile
  • Ndidi Nwuneli (Nigeria), Managing Partner, Sahel Consulting
  • Alfredo Rimoch (Mexico), CEO, Laboratorios Liomont
  • Catherine Russell (USA), Executive Director, UNICEF
  • Harjit Sajjan (Canada), Minister for International Development and Minister responsible for the Canadian Pacific Economic Development Agency
  • Inia Seruiratu (Fiji), Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management; Minister of Defence, National Security and Police of the Republic of Fiji
  • Feike Sijbesma (Netherlands), Honorary President of Royal DSM
  • Gunhlid A. Stordalen (Norway), Founder and President, EAT Foundation
  • Dr Juan Pablo Uribe (Colombia), Global Director for Health, Nutrition and Population; Director of the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF), World Bank
  • Jutta Urpilainen (Finland), Commissioner for International Partnerships, European Commission
  • Gerda Verburg (Netherlands), UN Under-Secretary-General and SUN Movement Coordinator

About the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement

The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement is a country-led and country-led network of member actors working to support 65 SUN countries and 4 Indian states to develop and achieve their nutrition goals. It is based on a multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral approach that harnesses the broad capacities of key actors working to bring healthy diets to everyone, everywhere. It is facilitated by the SUN Movement Secretariat and four SUN Networks – SUN Civil Society Network, SUN Business Network, SUN Donor Network and UN Nutrition – representing +4,000 organizations, +1,400 businesses, 16 agencies United Nations and major public and private sector donors. .