821 million people are currently undernourished. Nearly 151 million children under five years old are stunted and 50 million are wasted, yet adult obesity levels are rising. In a time of such critical need, effective nutrition actions are more important than ever.
Developing a national nutrition policy is a great first step, but how exactly does one transform commitments on paper into results? What are the processes that must be leveraged to ensure that nutrition is mainstreamed into sectoral polices and that results are sustained? As part of the 45th session of the Committee on World Food Security’s (CFS) in Rome, the UN Network Secretariat teamed up with the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) to co-organize a side event on Bringing Policies to Life.
The event brought together diverse insights from representatives of government, the research community and civil society. It portrayed the many ways in which nutrition policies are transformed from policy to action at the country level to ensure long–standing nutrition results. Ms. Cornelia Richter, Vice President of IFAD and UNSCN Chair, framed the discussion by underscoring the magnitude of the double burden of malnutrition, recent disconcerting trends and thus the need for effective action. Moderation support was provided by Dr. Francesco Branca, Director of WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, who seamlessly facilitated interaction between the panellists.