Global Nutrition Report 2015
“While we know more than ever about how to combat malnutrition, too little of this knowledge is being acted upon.”
Next week, the Global Nutrition Report 2015 will be launched in New York. The report is the second in an series of annual reports, of which the 2014 version was debated in a lively event in the Netherlands in March this year. The report is intended to be a spur and a guide to further action on nutrition. It describes how much progress the world is making on reducing malnutrition in all its forms, what governments and their partners need to do to accelerate that progress, and how citizens can hold all stakeholders to account for their efforts to do so.
Common denominators of countries that achieved progress were: strong political commitment; a supportive context with notable poverty reduction; improvements in women’s empowerment; improved food supply; greater access to improved health, water and sanitation facilities; and improved performance of specific nutrition practices and progress.
GNR 2015 pays special attention to the role of businesses, as these profoundly affect nutrition in many ways: they make available a wide range of foods and other products that are important for good nutrition. They shape the environment within which people make decisions about what goods to buy. There are many opportunities for businesses to promote better nutrition outside the usual pathways. Several mechanisms exist for making businesses more accountable, among which the Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI).
“Malnutrition can be eradicated within the Sustainable Development Goals. The Global Nutrition Report is built around this simple but fundamental fact. It reminds us that we have the resources, knowledge, and skills to achieve this goal.”
Mr Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development.