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Secretary-General Appoints Gerda Verburg of the Netherlands Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement
March 3, 2016
United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, today announced the appointment of Gerda Verburg of the Netherlands as the Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. The Coordinator will work with 56 country governments that lead the SUN movement, united with UN agencies, civil society, business and donors, in a common mission to defeat malnutrition in all its forms.
Since 2011, Ms. Verburg has served as Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN Organizations for Food and Agriculture in Rome (FAO, WFP and IFAD) and in 2014 she was appointed Chair of the Global Agenda Council for Food and Nutrition Security of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
From 2013 until 2015, Ms. Verburg served as Chair of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), a multi-stakeholder committee where governments, civil society, private sector, research institutions and others addressed food and nutrition issues.
From 2007-2011, Ms. Verburg served as speaker in the Dutch House of Representatives on economics, energy and innovation and as Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. In 2008 she was elected Chair of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.
Ms. Verburg said, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with the 56 countries in the SUN Movement, as it enters its sixth year.They are home to over 90 million undernourished children. Our vision is to bring this down to zero.”
Ms. Verburg, replaces the acting SUN Movement Coordinator, Tom Arnold, who has Coordinated the Movement from August 2014. Previously, David Nabarro, the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on 2030 Agenda and Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition, coordinated the Movement – helping to establish the powerful driving force for nutrition which it is today.
Ms. Verburg will start her full time duties on 1 August 2016.
About the SUN Movement
Scaling Up Nutrition, or SUN, is a unique Movement founded on the principle that all people have a right to food and good nutrition. It unites people—from governments, civil society, the United Nations, donors, businesses and researchers—in a collective effort to improve nutrition.
Within the SUN Movement, national leaders are prioritising efforts to address malnutrition. Countries are putting the right policies in place, collaborating with partners to implement plans with shared nutrition goals, and mobilising resources to effectively scale up nutrition, with a core focus on empowering women. With a shared understanding that many factors impact nutrition, each of us has a unique contribution to make.