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The African Union Summit High-Level Nutrition Side Event

The African Union Summit High-Level Nutrition Side Event

January 24, 2024 - Last update: February 12, 2024

Achieving Nutrition Goals in Africa Post-Malabo: Public and Private Sector Sustainable Nutrition Financing 

The Government of Ethiopia, African Union Development Agency-NEPAD, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, and Results for Development, with support from esteemed partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID, are hosting a high-level side event on nutrition financing on the sideline of the 37th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.   

Together, we aim to develop a Call-to-Action for sustainable nutrition financing for countries in Africa to feed into the Post-Malabo discussions. 

The Official Session:

  • Moderator: Mrs. Estherine Lisinge-Fotabong, Director of Agriculture, Food Security and Environmental Sustainability - AUDA-NEPAD   
  • Her Excellency, Adanech Abiebie, Mayor of Addis Ababa  
  • H.E. Mrs. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, CEO, AUDA-NEPAD
  • H.E. Amb Sacko Josefa Leonel Correa, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment, African Union  
  • H.E. Elias M. Magosi, SADC Secretariat Executive Director 
  • Dr. Hameed Nuru, United Nations Representative to the AU and ECA 
  • ASG Afshan Khan, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Coordinator (virtual) 
  • Keynote Address: H.E. Dr. Dereje Duguma, State Minister of Health, Ethiopia  

The Technical Session:

  • Moderator: Dr Namukulo Covic, Director General’s Representative to Ethiopia, CGIAR Ethiopia Country Convenor, CGIAR Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, President of the African Nutrition Society
  • Dr. Sisay Sinamo, Senior Programme Manager, Seqota Declaration, Federal Programme Delivery Unit & SUN Focal Point, Ethiopia 
  • Mrs. Chito N. Nelson, Deputy Director/Head Food and Nutrition Division, Dept of Social Development, Federal Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Nigeria 
  • Mr. Blessings Muwalo, Deputy Director of Nutrition, Ministry of Health, Department of Nutrition, Malawi 
  • Mrs. Mary Mpereh, Technical Advisor, Food Systems and Nutrition Security, National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Ghana 
  • Dr. Patricia N'Goran, Adviser to the President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and SUN Focal Point 
  • Ms. Providence Mavubi, Director, Agriculture and Industry, COMESA 
  • Ms. Kefilwe Moalosi, Nutrition and Food Safety, Programme Officer, AUDA-NEPAD
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Budget management Nutrition Sustainable Development Goals
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