Timor-Leste presents SDG2 consolidated national action plan for nutrition and food security
Timor-Leste officially became the newest member of the SUN Movement when a letter was sent by Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak in October 2020. The SUN Movement has already begun working with focal points to provide continual support to Timor-Leste and assist in the establishment of a multisectoral platform bringing together key nutritional actors.
Timor-Leste has drafted an SDG2 Consolidated National Action Plan for Nutrition and Food Security. It brings on board eight ministries in the country for the next 10 years to better achieve SDG2. To achieve SDG2 targets, the Ministries have prioritized essential and high impact nutrition promoting interventions. It is important that nutrition actions are not only seen as important for those working in the health sector, and that all relevant ministries recognize they can play an important role in combatting malnutrition. Public, private and non-government colleagues working in these sectors will come together to focus their support and budget for these interventions.
To ensure, coordination, alignment, sub national involvement, engagement across relevant sectors, and national ownership, the SDG2 CNAP-NFS will be aligned with the existing policy and governance frameworks, the decentralization agenda, and annual budget dialogues. It will be founded on global and national evidence including: a focus on the ‘1000 days window of opportunity for good nutrition’ (i.e. pre-conception to 2 years of age), World Health Organization Essential Nutrition Actions, promotion of healthy diets for all household members, promotion of sustainable and nutrition sensitive food systems.
The plan will be gender sensitive at all levels, including increasing women and girls’ access to knowledge, technologies, services, finance, inputs, and markets and be regularly monitored and evaluated. The SUN Movement is proud to support those in Timor-Leste who are taking charge in creating positive change and improving nutrition within the country.