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UNICEF international conference against child Undernutrition

Bridging the nutrition security gap in Sub-Saharan Africa: a pathway to strengthen resilience and development

Acute and chronic undernutrition rates in sub-Saharan Africa consistently rank among the highest in the world. However, several key interventions and proactive public policies have demonstrated that it is possible to tackle undernutrition

An international conference, scheduled to take place in Paris one month before the G8 Summit, aims to build on success-stories to mobilise political leaders, stakeholders working at the programmatic level and donors, to promote political and financial commitment over the long term to meet the challenge of child undernutrition.

It will bring together a wide array of participants, including Government representatives, civil society organisations, academia, donors, United Nations agencies, nongovernmental organisations and the private sector. It will foster dialogue between stakeholders, facilitating sharing of experiences and lessons learned to identify the most effective strategies.

Focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa, the conference will provide an opportunity for African leaders to share region-specific challenges and experiences and chart the way forward.

Initiated by the French Committee for UNICEF, this conference is supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Action contre la Faim (ACF), Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). It will also benefit from inputs of other key stakeholders at global level and regional level in Sub-Saharan Africa.

For more information, please contact Rémi Vallet, project coordinator (consultant) or Christine Lock (assistant): nutritionconference@unicef.fr or +33 1 44 39 77 45

http://www.child-undernutritionconference.org

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UNICEF international conference against child Undernutrition. Field Exchange 45, May 2013. p32. www.ennonline.net/fex/45/unicef