This post was originally published at Naija AgroNet and has been republished with permission.
NaijaAgroNet recalls that nearly 800 million people remain chronically undernourished and over two billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiencies.
FAO also said that this resolution recognises the need to eradicate hunger and prevent all forms of malnutrition worldwide. The Decade of Action on Nutrition will provide an umbrella for a wide group of actors to work together to address these and other pressing nutrition issues.
NaijaAgroNet equally reports that the resolution calls upon FAO and World Health Organisation (WHO) to lead the implementation of the Decade of Action on Nutrition in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and involving coordination mechanisms such as the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) and multi-stakeholder platforms such as the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).
It also invites national governments and other stakeholders, including international and regional organizations, civil society, the private sector and academia to actively participate.
Reacting, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said “This resolution places nutrition at the heart of sustainable development and recognizes improving food security and nutrition are essential to achieving the entire 2030 Agenda.
Introducing the resolution, which was co-sponsored by 30 Members, Ambassador Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Brazil’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said they considered the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition a great opportunity to bring together initiatives and efforts to eradicate hunger and prevent all forms of malnutrition, crucial elements of the 2030 Agenda.
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