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Gerda Verburg

As part of the SUN Movement’s stewardship arrangements, in March 2016, United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Gerda Verburg of the Netherlands, as Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement and Assistant Secretary-General, for a two-year term beginning 1 August 2016.

15 January 2015, Rome, Italy - Ms Gerda Verburg, Chairperson of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), Ambassador Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations organizations for Food and Agriculture, FAO headquarters.

“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.”

                 Gerda Verburg 2016 incoming Coordinator

From 2011, Gerda served as the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN Organizations for Food and Agriculture in Rome (FAO, WFP and IFAD). In 2014 she was appointed Chair of the Global Agenda Council for Food and Nutrition Security of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and from 2013 until 2015, she 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, Gerda 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.

As part of her role, Gerda serves as a member of the SUN Movement Lead Group and an ex officio member of the SUN Movement Executive Committee.

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David Nabarro (front left) and Tom Arnold (front right) are applauded by the audience of the 2014 SUN Movement Global Gathering at the World Food Programme Headquarters in Milan, Italy.

Tom Arnold

In August 2014, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Tom Arnold as Coordinator ad interim of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement. Tom provided strategic leadership to the SUN Movement, working closely with the existing SUN Networks and the SUN Movement Secretariat. Tom Arnold continues to serve in his roles as the Director General of the Irish Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) and Chairman of Ireland’s Convention on the Constitution.

David Nabarro

From 2010, David Nabarro was the Coordinator of the SUN Movement in complement to his role as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Food Security and Nutrition. In September 2014, the United Nations Secretary-General appointed David as the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Ebola, providing strategic and policy direction for the international response. David currently serves as the Special Advisor on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change.