© FAO/Antonello Proto
© FAO/Antonello Proto

The UN Network

The UN Network, officially established in June 2013 by the Principals of FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP, and WHO, is responsible for translating and achieving UN nutrition commitments in SUN countries. The UN Network elevates the nutrition dialogue through its senior leadership and helps to leverage the collective strengths of the UN agencies, to foster innovations, find efficiencies and enhance complementarity across agencies and with government and SUN networks. This enables the UN to work more effectively to deliver nutrition actions at scale and to achieve value-for-money and results.


In addition, the UN Network leverages the nutrition resources, skills, expertise and knowledge of its member UN agencies, programmes and funds to support convergence along the six pillars of the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025 in support of national nutrition efforts.

Membership

The principal members of the UN Network are those that hold a key mandate in nutrition, FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP, and WHO. They have committed in the United Nations Global Nutrition Agenda, in their recently validated policy and strategy and under the Nutrition Decade to work more efficiently and effectively together to increase convergence for accelerated nutrition impact. At country level, the UN Network also integrates other UN agencies with untapped potential to address nutrition. The UN Network also includes REACH facilitators, where present.

The UN Network is active in all countries that are engaged in the SUN Movement as shown in the map below.

UN NETWORK Countries
UN NETWORK COUNTRIES WITH current REACH SUPPORT
UN NETWORK COUNTRIES WITH former REACH SUPPORT
Click on a country to see which United Nations agencies are engaged in the UN Network.
On demand services have also been provided in other countries, such as Egypt
Accountability

The UN Network draws upon a series of accountability mechanisms and processes, with a view to ensuring that it is making valuable contributions to the SUN Movement. A global Steering Committee, comprised of the directors and/or chiefs of nutrition from FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO, guides the UN Network (including REACH), following the procedures outlined in the REACH MoU. At the country level, the Chair of the UN Network updates the UNCT periodically on progress.

Specific monitoring and evaluation efforts are guided by the UN Network’s M&E system which is comprised of various elements, including the UN Network Results Framework, regional and global accountability measures and country-level monitoring. Quantitative and qualitative data on country-level activities is tracked through an outline portal on an annual basis, culminating in country dashboards. At the regional and global levels, progress is measured vis-à-vis activities identified in annual UNN workplans, endorsed by regional directors/representatives and the Steering Committee respectively. These activities feed into an aggregated UNN reporting analysis, the Global Nutrition Report and the SUN Movement Annual Progress Reports as part of efforts to foster mutual accountability.

 

Read the latest UN Network Quarterly Update

Steering Committee members
Victor
Aguayo
Lauren
Landis
Francesco
Branca
Juliane
Friedrich
Anna
Lartey
Ex-officio members
Purnima
Kashyap