The UN [Nutrition] Network

provides a platform to increase UN COHERENCE, COORDINATION and CONVERGENCE on nutrition, enabling COUNTRIES to employ a holistic, integrated approach for addressing all forms of malnutrition. It brings together the expertise and clout of the United Nations agencies to harness the full potential of nutrition as a driver of sustainable development. As of 1 January 2021, the UN Network (UNN) was superseded by a new entity, called UN Nutrition, following the merger with the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) in 2020. Among other benefits, the new entity will help the UN speak with one voice on nutrition and strengthen feedback loops between global and country levels. For further information, visit


support can be mobilized through the UN Network to stimulate momentum towards scaling up nutrition action at the country level. UNN-REACH provides neutral experts in facilitation, networking and capacity strengthening to improve nutrition governance, with an emphasis on multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder coordination.

These efforts help:

  • to foster increased synergies;
  • to minimize overlap; 
  • to bridge gaps;


a multiplier effect


Accelerating nutrition impact

The UN Network strategy discusses the role and contributions of the UN Network to the SUN Movement, highlighting the comparative advantage of the United Nations agencies. It also includes a results framework, outlining five outcomes for measuring the UN Network’s support. The UN Network serves as a unique leverage point for scaling up nutrition actions towards achieving the 2030 Agenda and global nutrition targets, as endorsed by the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016–2025).

Outcome 1
Outcome 1

Increased awareness of the causes of malnutrition and potential solutions

Outcome 2
Outcome 2

Strengthened and increasingly resourced national policies and programmes

Outcome 3
Outcome 3

Increased human and institutional capacity to support the scaling up of nutrition actions at all levels

Outcome 4
Outcome 4

Increased efficiency and accountability of national efforts

Outcome 5
Outcome 5

Harmonized and coordinated UN nutrition efforts


“The mapping exercise is helping to instill a culture of data-driven decision-making in Mali, which will help us optimize the use of scarce resources. This is directly enhancing the M&E of our current multi-sectoral nutrition policy and plan (2014-2018) as well as shaping the next national nutrition plan.”

Djibril Bagayoko
Head of the National Nutrition Coordination Unit & SUN Government Focal Point,

“If you look at Mutasa, we’ve really made an impact on minimum dietary diversity. This district is now ahead of others, which I attribute to the joint programming work.”

Delilah Takawira
FAO Nutrition Officer,

“UNN-REACH was like a lever for us, because it supported the [UN] Network for Scaling Up Nutrition. You need somebody that checks the plan. How we are going to execute the plan, whether we leverage resources to address and prevent malnutrition. Importantly whether we work with the country in a manner aligned with its overall priorities.”

Ms. Metsi Makhetha, 
UN Resident Coordinator, 
Burkina Faso

“When UNN-REACH was in Senegal, there was momentum for a new approach. We consider UNN-REACH a learning network, for all the countries in the UN.”

Abdoulaye Ka, 
National Coordinator of CLM & SUN 
Government Focal Point, 

“The UNN mapping is very useful to spot areas that need more attention and subsequently, spread out partners equally across districts and regions, avoiding duplications.”

Magnus S. Conteh, 
Marie Stopes International, 
Sierra Leone

“As Parliamentarians, we require and always look for accurate, timely data to determine public initiatives. We therefore very much welcome the findings of this stakeholder mapping which will greatly serve as inputs and inform the legislations around nutrition in Sierra Leone. I’ll share these not later than next week in our next Parliamentarian session”

Hon. James Ozan Tholley
Member of Parliament, Sierra Leone

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