Global Agreement to Tackle Malnutrition
World Leaders Signed Agreement to Tackle Malnutrition
World leaders on 8th June, 2013 signed a global agreement to fight malnutrition in children and made commitments of up to 4.15 billion dollars to tackle under nutrition up to 2020. The agreement, called “Global Nutrition for Growth” was signed during the central London summit.
The summit was participated by two Presidents and four Prime Ministers from Africa, philanthropist Bill Gates, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Unilever chief executive Paul Polman.
The agreement also aims to improve saving the lives of at least 1.7 million children by increasing breastfeeding and better treatment of severe and acute malnutrition. The UK committed an additional 375 million pounds of funding from 2013 to 2020.
The participants – who signed a Global Nutrition for Growth Compact – committed their countries and organisations by 2020 to :
- Improving the nutrition of 500 million pregnant women and young children.
- Reducing the number of children under five who are stunted by an additional 20 million.
- Saving the lives of at least 1.7 million children by preventing stunting, increasing breastfeeding and better treatment of severe and acute malnutrition.
Countries which have previously increased nutrition funding, like the US and Canada, committed themselves to continuing those high levels of funding while others, like the European Union, the World Bank and Ireland, increased their support substantially.
Stunting affects around 165 million children across the globe and almost 50 percent of children in India. The World Health Assembly agreed a new global target of a 40 percent reduction in the number of stunted children by 2025.
Global Nutrition for Growth Fund Usage
- Making world – class scientific knowledge and evidence available, including through a new Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, so that farmers can grow nutrition – rich and resilient crops, such as vitamin – enriched sweet potato and corn, to feed their families and local areas.
- Promoting breastfeeding as a priority for protecting nutrition and saving lives.
- Supporting the governments of developing countries to formulate high quality national nutrition plans and helping them to mobilise domestic resources for them and
- Ensuring businesses in developing countries place good nutrition at the heart of their workforce welfare priorities.