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The vision and principles of SUN

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Since 2010, the SUN Movement has inspired a new way of working collaboratively to end malnutrition, in all its forms. With the governments of SUN Countries in the lead, it unites people—from civil society, the United Nations, donors, businesses and researchers—in a collective effort to improve nutrition.

The SUN Movement Strategy and Roadmap (2016-2020) has helped illuminate the importance of nutrition as a universal agenda – and one which is integral to achieving the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

To realise the vision of a world without hunger and malnutrition, the SUN Movement Principles of Engagement guide actors as they work in a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder space to effectively working together to end malnutrition, in all its forms. These principles ensure that the Movement is flexible while maintaining a common purpose and mutual accountability.

SUN Movement Principles of Engagement

1. Be transparent about intentions and impact
All stakeholders will engage in transparent behaviour, and commit to establishing rigorous evaluations of the impacts of collective action and the contributions of individual stakeholders;
2. Be inclusive
The SUN Movement is open to all stakeholders that demonstrate their commitment to its goals and principles. Violators of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes undermine efforts to improve nutrition and as such continue to be excluded from the Movement;
3. Be rights based
Act in accordance with a commitment to uphold the equity and rights of all women, men and children;
4. Be willing to negotiate
Stakeholders will seek to resolve divergences in approaches or interests whenever they arise;
5. Be predictable and mutually accountable
Support collective responsibility of stakeholders towards shared outcomes, but uphold and strengthen accountability of individual actors vis-à-vis their commitments and actions;
6. Be cost-effective
Pursue and support evidence-based priorities that will achieve the greatest sustainable impact for the cost;
7. Be continuously communicative
Learn and adapt through regular sharing of relevant lessons on what works and what does not, across countries, sectors and stakeholders;
8. Act with integrity and in an ethical manner
Manage personal and institutional conflicts of interest with integrity;
9. Be mutually respectful
Collaborate in a way that builds trust and respects the contributions and perspectives of other stakeholders; and
10. Do no harm
Act in a way that contributes to improving the nutrition and the well-being of
all people, with careful consideration about negative consequences to people and planet, and clear mitigation strategies.