The UN [Nutrition] Network (UNN) works closely with national nutrition authorities, including SUN Focal Points, and other stakeholders to support the development of functional and technical capacities for nutrition across three dimensions - the enabling environment, institutions and individuals. Where possible, these efforts are grounded in a comprehensive nutrition assessment to guide the strengthening of multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder processes and partnerships at the national and sub-national levels. Not only does this bring greater coherence to the United Nations capacity development activities, it also enhances a country’s ability to coordinate actions across the complex nutrition landscape.
Outcome 3: Increased human and institutional capacity to support the scaling up of nutrition actions at all levels
The UN Network’s Capacity Assessment Guidance Package for Nutrition enables countries to comprehensively assess multi-sectoral and sectoral capacity needs for the effective scale up of nutrition actions. Developed by the UN [Nutrition] Network Secretariat in collaboration with the principal members of the UN Network (FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO), the guidance encompasses both technical and functional capacities. This collective effort garners both the specialized expertise of the individual UN agencies and UNN-REACH into one consolidated resource. Findings from the assessment inform a capacity development response that is tailored to the country context and then integrated into the national capacity development agenda for nutrition.
Nutrition collaboration platforms/mechanisms take various forms: multi-stakeholder; multi-sectoral; or a combination of the two. They provide a vehicle for promoting and operationalizing an integrated approach to nutrition at the country level, in line with the spirit of the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. The UN [Nutrition] Network is an integral part of these collaboration platforms and directly assists SUN Focal Points and other government authorities with the preparations, moderation and follow-up for these meetings. In some cases, the UN Network’s REACH facilitators are based in government nutrition coordination secretariats, placing them in a unique position to lend intensive support on the establishment and strengthening of these platforms at national and sub-national levels. This enables the UN Network to capitalize on the facilitators’ horizontal reach and esteemed neutral facilitation capacity.