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Scaling Up Nutrition during crises

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The SUN Movement approach of national ownership and leadership, in bringing different sectors and stakeholders together, in addressing nutrition challenges is beginning to show a positive impact, in the context of stable countries. This approach can also be applied in the context of humanitarian response. Not only to ensure reaching the most vulnerable populations in times of crises but to create more sustainable and durable development of people, communities and nations.


In 2017, the SUN Movement has marked its seventh year with 59 countries and three Indian states committing themselves to the ambitious goal of revolutionising the way they address malnutrition; putting nutrition at the heart of their social and economic policies and adhering to the SUN Movement Principles of Engagement. Growing evidence suggests that investing in nutrition and food security helps to fight against hunger to build peace and resilience. We believe that with coordinated responses to improve access to water, sanitation, health and social protection, households will be more resilient to shocks and communities will prosper with healthier bodies and healthier minds.


In pursuit of the objectives of the SUN Movement Strategy and Roadmap (2016-2020) and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the SUN Movement support system is working towards the identification of key long-term recommendations for the global community – driven by examples from SUN Countries – which will bridge the development-humanitarian divide. Agenda 2030 recognises the intrinsic links between peace and sustainable development and therefore, there is an emphasis on ensuring that no one is left behind and aims to reach the furthest behind first. This translates into inclusive growth for all people, whether in a stable, fragile or conflict context.

SUN Movement briefing note

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As of June 2017, seventeen SUN Countries have an active humanitarian appeal. The SUN Movement briefing note, “Focus on Nutrition around Crises,” aims to elaborate the challenges faced by SUN Countries during urgent or recurring crises to provide a set of recommendations for key stakeholders in the Movement to prioritise over the next 12 months.

The note has been developed by the SUN Movement Secretariat and is based on consultations with key individuals engaged in humanitarian actions from UN OCHA, UNICEF, FAO, WFP, IOM, UNDP, WHO, individuals from the SUN Civil Society Alliance, Tufts University, ENN, GAIN and is supplemented by information readily available online.

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Related organisations

The Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) was established in 2006 as part of the Humanitarian Reform process, which aimed to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response programmes. The GNC aims to safeguard and improve the nutritional status of emergency affected populations by ensuring an appropriate response that is predictable, timely and effective and at scale. Visit

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort. Visit

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organisation in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. Visit

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organisation fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Visit

Médecins Sans Frontières IMSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian non-governmental organisation best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries affected by endemic diseases. Visit

IRIN is a news agency focusing on humanitarian stories in regions that are often forgotten, under-reported, misunderstood or ignored. Visit

ReliefWeb is the leading humanitarian information source on global crises and disasters. It is a specialized digital service of OCHA. Visit

In addition to the organisations listed above, other partners critical in ensuring a coherent response to nutrition during crises include UNICEF, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Health Organization, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, Save the Children, Action Contre la Faim,  World Vision, Care International, Concern Worldwide and Oxfam.

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