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24th SUN Country Network Meeting

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The 24th meeting of the SUN Country Network focused its thematic discussion on successes, lessons and challenges in aligning multiple stakeholders behind national nutrition priorities.

374 participants from 51 Countries and the Indian States of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradeshs joined the meetings across 12 teleconferences from 5-9 September 2016.

7 x English, 4 x French and 1 x Spanish.

The discussion was organised around four main areas:

  1. Factors and mechanisms facilitating alignment of stakeholders at country level
  2. Ways to assess alignment
  3. Challenges in aligning stakeholders
  4. The SUN Movement’s support to country efforts towards better alignment and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) stimulus to guide and reinforce alignment

The SUN Movement emphasises the importance of alignment of all stakeholders who have a role to play in fighting malnutrition: governments, civil society, the private sector, United Nations agencies, donors and academia. The SUN Movement Strategy and Roadmap 2016-2020 encourages stakeholders to review how they contribute to nutrition at country level and to foster alignment behind government policies and plans and coordination with other stakeholders. Indeed, improved alignment has the potential to optimise the reach and coherence of nutrition actions and therefore improve results and impact.

Bangladesh underlined that alignment means being efficient, for instance when they identified and streamlined two parallel initiatives to develop National Dietary Guidelines. Countries like Sudan understand alignment as making sure the right people are entrusted with the right tasks, aligning tasks with competencies, for instance when a Ministry transferred funds to the Ministry of Health to implement nutrition specific actions. Other countries such as Mali stressed the alignment behind regulations, with all actors respecting and abiding by norms, standards and laws, for example when it comes to Food Quality and Hygiene Standards. Guatemala stressed alignment of stakeholders behind the national common results framework for nutrition.