From inspiration to impact: A new SUN Movement Strategy and Roadmap
21 September 2016 | The new SUN Movement Strategy and Roadmap has launched and aims to take impact to scale and ensure that sustainable results for all is now at the heart of the SUN Movement’s strengthened approach. The launch event at UNICEF House during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly was a rallying call for the global development community to build on the collective commitment of the 57 SUN Countries as they work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The new Strategy and Roadmap for the period 2016-2020 details this path ahead for all members of the SUN Movement, from SUN Country Civil Society Alliances to the SUN Movement Lead Group, as they embark on this next phase together.
The event followed the inaugural meeting of the new SUN Movement Lead Group, consisting of 29 global leaders appointed the UN Secretary-General to spearhead the fight against malnutrition.
Moderated by Gerda Verburg, SUN Movement Coordinator and Assistant Secretary-General, the launch event featured members of the SUN Movement Lead Group including Martin Chungong, Secretary-General, Interparliamentary Union, Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute, Keith Hansen, Vice President for Human Development, World Bank, Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of Nepad, Jakaya Kikwete, Former President, Tanzania, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF, Monica Musona, Founder and CEO, Java Foods, Priti Patel, Secretary of State for International Development, UK. A special guest appearance was made by Margeret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization.
Panellists responded to questions posed by SUN Countries via video message.
Watch the questions from SUN Countries Burkina Faso, Comoros, El Salvador, Kyrgyz Republic, Malawi, Nepal, Sierra Leone, and Uganda to learn about the types of challenges faced by SUN Countries in scaling up nutrition:
Note: Videos from Nepal, Kyrgyz Republic and Uganda were screened during the inaugural meeting of the SUN Movement Lead Group. Videos from Uganda and Comoros were screened during the launch of the SUN Movement Strategy and Roadmap. Due to time constraints, unfortunately the videos from El Salvador and Burkina Faso were not screened at either event.
The speed of thinking of a civil society organisation specialised in a domain like nutrition is often higher than that of a government. Governments need to catch up and the best way to do this is to work closely with civil society organisations by having them systematically on board. This means from the start to the implementation segment. If this is not being done, that gap will remain and the consequences of this on a governments credibility can have all sorts of repercussions.”
CEO of NEPAD, Ibrahim Mayaki
The new Strategy and Roadmap calls for greater emphasis on implementation and accountability and has the following four strategic objectives;
- Expand and sustain the enabling political environment;
- Prioritise and institutionalise effective actions that contribute to good nutrition;
- Implement effective actions aligned with national common results frameworks;
- Effectively use, and significantly increase, financial resources for nutrition.
I have never seen such a good political moment for nutrition. the stars are all aligned. With the sun movement, with its 57 countries who are making a huge contribution to this decade of success. I think the SDGs over the next 15 years will build on the success of the first 5 years of the SUN Movement”
Director General of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan.
In support of these objectives, the SUN Roadmap focuses on strengthening country capabilities through:
- Improving policy and budget cycle management
- Undertaking social mobilisation, advocacy and communication
- Build the capacity of individuals and institutions
- Strengthen the equity drivers of nutrition, including roles of women and girls
At the core of these efforts, the SUN Movement Principles of Engagement guide the myriad of actors in their ways of working and ensure alignment with the ethos of the Movement. The new principles build on those from the first phase of the Movement, with the inclusion of three additional principles as a result of a two-year project on preventing and managing conflict of interest.
Watch the full event in English, French and Spanish: