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Unpacking the links between nutrition and the SDGs

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The UN Nutrition Network is supporting actors to find their place on the nutrition map. The recent publication from the UN Network highlights how rallying for nutrition through the 2030 agenda confers a unique opportunity to leverage nutrition as an enabler to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Addressing malnutrition requires a holistic and interconnected view of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that goes beyond Goal 2. The necessary transformation set out by the SDGs requires engagement with multiple stakeholders – as different sectors (e.g. health, education, agriculture, employment, water, sanitation and hygiene, gender equality and women’s empowerment) must align, harmonize and coordinate to achieve the SDGs. The UN Nutrition Network (herein UN Network) serves as a platform for operationalizing integrated action and partnerships for nutrition.

The UN Network plays an integral role in the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement in all 60 countries and promotes progress towards the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016–2025 by supporting country-driven action. It brings additional value to the UN System by leveraging its relationships with a diverse array of stakeholders from government – including Parliamentarians – to civil society, and business, donor and research communities.

In this context, the UN Network is uniquely positioned to facilitate a multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder approach to nutrition, helping actors break away from fragmented approaches to malnutrition and disrupting the status quo. Action will be most effective when taken collectively to scale-up both nutritionspecific and nutrition-sensitive interventions from national to community levels. Nutrition is virtually related to all of the SDGs. With that said, the brief outline how nutrition is directly embedded into 12 of the 17 SDGs, thereby illustrating how it is both a maker and marker of sustainable development.

The publication is available via the UN Network website here.

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