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General Assembly proclaims the Decade of Action on Nutrition

The Decade of Action on Nutrition is a commitment of Member States to undertake ten years of sustained and coherent implementation of policies and programmes. It will increase the visibility of nutrition action at the highest level, ensure coordination, strengthen multi-sectoral collaboration and measure progress towards food and nutrition security for all. The resolution recognises the need to eradicate hunger and prevent all forms of malnutrition worldwide.

159 million children under five years of age are stunted. Approximately 50 million children under five are wasted; over two billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiencies and 1.9 billion are affected by overweight, with over 600 million of them obese.

The resolution calls upon FAO and WHO to lead the implementation of the Decade of Action on Nutrition in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and UNICEF, involving coordination mechanisms such as the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) and multi-stakeholder platforms such as the Committee on World Food Security.

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General Assembly proclaims the Decade of Action on Nutrition. Nutrition Exchange 6, May 2016. p39. www.ennonline.net/nex/6/decadeofactiononnutrition

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