United National Global Nutrition Agenda: Delivering on the commitment to eradicate malnutrition in all its forms

United National Global Nutrition Agenda: Delivering on the commitment to eradicate malnutrition in all its forms

In a changed and changing context, the UN is reaffirming its commitment to addressing malnutrition in all its forms. The UN Global Nutrition Agenda (UNGNA) is the guiding framework for UN action in response to global and country nutrition goals for the years to come. The current Agenda v. 1.0 covers a period of 5 years. It describes the vision and guiding principles for UN work on nutrition, and outlines the broad aims the UN agencies will pursue collectively. While there is a strong emphasis on support to the SUN countries in the current agenda, the principles and priorities apply to UN agencies’ efforts to support the achievement of nutrition goals worldwide. Agencies maintain their own specific strategies and work plans on nutrition, but it is envisaged that these would be brought into alignment with the priorities jointly agreed to in the UNGNA. Achieving the joint UNGNA goals should contribute to more efficient use of resources, less duplication of effort and greater synergy among agency activities. Biennial reviews of the UNGNA will provide opportunity for updating the Agenda in light of developments in UN nutrition governance arrangements, possible increasing number of Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) countries as well as global trends and emerging priorities.

The UN’s interagency work on nutrition seeks to catalyse action to achieve optimal nutrition worldwide. Through normative and operational activities at global, regional and country levels, UN agencies act collectively to support countries in their advocacy, governance and implementation efforts to prevent and rapidly reduce all forms of malnutrition.

Based on these principles, the UN contributes to achieving progress on nutrition governance, programme implementation, and the development of strong support systems to sustain progress towards achieving agreed global and national nutrition goals. The UN seeks to provide unified support to global, regional, and country-level advocacy for nutrition and the development of robust country nutrition strategies, and facilitates resource mobilization, expenditure tracking and budgeting for nutrition. The UN provides unified support to scaling up country programme implementation, leveraging the best available technical assistance at global, regional, and country level. The UN provides unified input to strengthen support systems, including global databases and national information systems, innovative funding mechanisms, knowledge services and human capacity development.