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The SUN Civil Society Alliance launches in Pakistan and adopts a declaration to mark the occasion

  |   SUN Civil Society Network, SUN Country Network

On the 23rd December 2014, the Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN-CSA) was launched in Islamabad, Pakistan during a two day national conference on the State of Nutrition in Pakistan. The milestone event was boosted with the newly established SUN-CSA adopting a Civil Society Declaration on Nutrition and Food Security. SUN Government Focal Point, Aslam Shaheen, praised the Alliance’s contributions and efforts to make scaling up nutrition a reality. He said “The government’s un-wavering commitment to lower the staggering child & mother mortality rates in Pakistan stems out of up scaling nutrition through multi-sectoral nutrition policy”. Participants from multiple stakeholder groups included high level government officials, the media and development partners.

Successful establishment of the SUN-CSA was a process which spanned throughout 2014 beginning with membership advertisements in three leading national newspapers. In response to the advertisements, 79 member organisations were confirmed from all federating units of Pakistan. Voting took place and 11 members were elected for the Executive Council with key members including;

  • Tanvir Sheikh, Executive Director, Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS) as Chair,
  • Arshad Mahmood, Director Advocacy and CRG, Save the Children as Secretary
  • Aman Ullah Kakar, CEO, SOCIO Balochistan as the Co Chair

The Executive Council is scheduled to meet in January to come up with its Action Plan for 2015.

Ahsan Iqbal, the Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, attended as a Chief Guest and keynote speaker on day one. He spoke about the initiatives related to nutrition and government’s commitment. He answered participants questions about the need for actionable plans and highlighted Pakistan’s commitment to reduce malnutrition by 50% by year 2015 under the government’s Vision 2015.

Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, Federal Minister for the National Food Security and Research, was the Chief Guest on the second day. He informed the participants about the steps being taken by the Government in the arena of Food Security and called upon the SUN-CSA for their recommendations on the Draft National Food Security Policy.

New Secretary of the SUN-CSA, Arshad Mahmood, stressed on enactment of “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Protection and Promotion of Breastfeeding Bill” and called other provinces and federal government to take necessary steps for implementation of breastfeeding laws such as re/activating infant feeding boards and breast feeding committees.

Read more at The Daily Times, The International News, The Express Tribune, Dawn

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18 Comments
  • Sukaar Welfare Organization Umerkot-Sindh | Jan 14, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Kindly include our organization Sukaar Welfare Organization in Civil Society Alliance for Scaling up Nutrition, Pakistan (SUN-CSA, Pak). This Alliance will be very helpful for our organization to do something for children and pregnant women in Thar drought affected area. Through this network we can able to do for thari people.

  • Rabia Anwer | Jan 14, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Congratulations!
    How can PNDS Pakistan Nutrition and Dietetic Society can be part of this alliance.we very much want to work with SUN Civil Society Alliance to help improve malnutrition situation in Pakistan.
    General Secretary
    PNDS

  • Rabia Anwer | Jan 14, 2015 at 9:43 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!
    How can PNDS Pakistan Nutrition and Dietetic be part of this alliance.we very much want to work with SUN Civil Society Alliance to improve malnutrition situation in Pakistan.

  • Sultan Tareen | Jan 15, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Society for Empowering Human Resources (SEHER) http://www.seher.org.pk was part of this process in Pakistan through attending the all sessions and election process. SEHER congratulates all people and organizations that worked hard for bringing a group of very professional and committed people/organizations for working jointly in future for children and women who are at risk due to the malnutrition in Pakistan.

  • maqsooda Kasi | Jan 15, 2015 at 5:27 am

    We should encourage more participation of CSOs across the country to join this alliance for collective action for promotion of healthy & well nourished nation

  • Abdul Hameed Arain | Jan 15, 2015 at 6:07 am

    Community Development Foundation Pakistan http://www.cdfpakistan.org.pk was part of this process in Pakistan through attending the all sessions and election process. CDF-Pakistan congratulates all people and organizations that worked hard for bringing a group of very professional and committed people/organizations for working jointly in future for children and women who are at risk due to the malnutrition in Pakistan.

  • Sajjad Ahmed Drishak | Jan 15, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Strategy To Empower People (STEP) Organization https://www.facebook.com/pages/STEP-Organization-Rajanpur/529019250450533 was part of this process in Pakistan through attending the all sessions and election process. This is very good initiative and STEP Organization congratulates all people and organizations that worked hard for bringing a group of very professional and committed people/organizations for working jointly in future for children and women who are at risk due to the malnutrition in Pakistan.

  • Abdul Majeed Mangrio | Jan 15, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Sustainable Development Foundation Pakistan http://www.sdfsindh.org was part of this process in Pakistan through attending the all sessions and election process. SDF-Pakistan congratulates all people and partner organizations that worked hard for bringing a group of very professional and committed people/organizations for working jointly in future for children and women who are at risk due to the malnutrition in Pakistan.

  • Amanullah Kakar | Jan 15, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Dear SUN-CSA Members,
    Thank you so much for electing the following Executive Board members,
    Tanvir Sheikh, Executive Director, Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS) as Chair,
    Arshad Mahmood, Director Advocacy and CRG, Save the Children as Secretary
    Aman Ullah Kakar, CEO, SOCIO Balochistan as the Co Chair myself.
    We all will work together, and achieve our goals Insha Allah.

    With Profound Regards,

    Partner In Development

    Amanullah Kakar (Mr.)Co. Chair SUN-CSA-Pakistan.
    Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O)
    SOCIO Pakistan
    Society Of Collective Interests Orientation
    House No. 177-C, Street-3, Block-5, Chiltan Housing Scheme (Extension) Airport Road, 87300, Quetta. Pakistan. Tel: 0092-81-288 0468, Mobil: 0092-300-387 8182.
    Email: sociopak@yahoo.com, sociopak@gmail.com
    Visit us at: http://www.sociopak.org

  • Dr. Iqbal Ahmed | Jan 15, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Action for Sustainable Rural Advancement (ASRA)under concept “A-Action”“Throw the stone in water for creation of wave”“S-Sustainable”Participatory Approach with passion“R-Rural”Relating to the countryside as opposed to the city (Remote areas of the country)“A-Advancement”Encouragement and the growth of acceptance with impressive(Development with dedication),ASRA was part of this process in Pakistan through attending the all sessions and election process. ASRA congratulates all people and partner organizations that worked hard for bringing a group of very professional and committed people/organizations for working jointly in future for children and women who are at risk due to the malnutrition in Pakistan

  • Nazar Hussain Channa (CEO) | Jan 16, 2015 at 12:59 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!
    Kindly include our organization Mehran Educational Society (MES) in Civil Society Alliance for Scaling up Nutrition, Pakistan (SUN-CSA, Pak). This Alliance will be very helpful for our organization to do something for children and pregnant women in drought affected area of Sindh. Through this network we can able to do for Khairpur Mir`s people.

  • Abbas Gondal ( CEO Friends Foundation) | Jan 16, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Friends foundation proud to be a member of Scaling up Nutrition Pakistan (SUN-CSA). FF congratulate all the members and partner organization for working jointly to reduced malnutrition.

  • Sartaj Abbasi | Jan 16, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Congrats all SUN-CSA Members in Pakistan.
    Thanks for your vote and giving RWF an opportunity to be the Member of Executive Council of SUN-CSA.

    Looking forward to the success of SUN-CSA in Pakistan.

    Best..

  • Dr. Iqbal Ahmed | Jan 18, 2015 at 10:58 am

    congratulates all SUN-CSA Members / partner organizations and Save the children on this great achievement in KP initiative.
    Regard
    CEO ASRA Sindh

  • Arshad Mahmood | Jan 20, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Thank you All for your comments and interest in the SUN CSA Pakistan. Those of you who are not members, please send your membership application to the Secretariat. For further information and membership forms, please contact muhammadirshad.danish@savethechildren.org.

    Arshad Mahmood
    Secretary SUN CSA Pakistan

  • Shamsul Hadi | Jan 22, 2015 at 4:56 am

    “CONGRATULATIONS” All Elected Members of the SUN-CSO
    Direct Focus Community Aid (DFCA) http://www.dfcaid.org. DFCA also a member of the SUN Civil Society Alliance for Scaling up Nutrition, Pakistan (SUN-CSA, Pak) for any information kindly contact 0345-9868382.

  • Mian Akhlaq Rasool | Jan 26, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    DEar SUN-CSA MEMBERS, AOA, AJK Rural supports programme shall extend all of its level best efforts to fight this war against this evil and will provide the nation a chance to stand firm in all the international community.

  • M Ajmal Khan Baloch | Mar 14, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Nahar King Welfare Organization (NKWO) is much like SUN-CSA Pakistan is great work for the development of Pakistan and election process is very clear.
    Ajmal Khan
    +92-333-6190116