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Evidence informing action

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Evidence, facts and figures related to nutrition are measured within SUN Countries and contribute to global estimates. With sound data, policymakers and key stakeholders are able to make informed decisions about nutrition action and prioritise efforts to where they are needed most.

The Global Nutrition Report

The Global Nutrition Report (GNR) is the only independent and comprehensive annual review of the state of the world’s nutrition. It is a multipartner initiative that holds a mirror up to successes and failures at meeting intergovernmental nutrition targets. It documents progress on commitments made on the global stage, and it recommends actions to accelerate that progress.

Data definitions and indicators

Data related to the nutritional status of populations in SUN Countries which can be seen on each SUN Country web page is guided by the World Health Assembly targets for maternal and young child nutrition and the data definitions of the nutrition-related* non-communicable disease targets of the global monitoring framework.

Joint child malnutrition estimates

The UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank inter-agency team regularly updates joint global and regional estimates of child malnutrition. These estimates of prevalence and numbers for child stunting, overweight, wasting and severe wasting are derived by United Nations (UN), Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), UNICEF, WHO and World Bank regions, as well as World Bank income group classifications.

Nutrition in the Lancet

The Lancet was founded in 1823 and has strived to make science widely available to positively impact the lives of people. The core belief of its family of renowned medical journals aim to serve society and helps ensure that the best science leads to better lives. A number of key publications based on conclusions from international collaborations of investigators have formed the basis of evidence for many nutrition-related efforts across the SUN Movement.

Nutrition-related data from partner agencies

  • WHO: Nutrition Landscape Information System (NLiS). Bringing together all existing WHO Global Nutrition Databases dynamically, as well as other existing food and nutrition-related data from partner agencies, NLIS is a web-based tool which provides nutrition and nutrition-related health and development data in the form of automated country profiles. Visit NLiS.
  • FAO STAT. FAOSTAT provides time-series and cross sectional data relating to food and agriculture for some 200 countries. View Country Profiles