Grant to the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition, 2012

Partner: United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN)

Duration: 2012-2014

Budget: 516.500 euro

In 2012, the Government of Flanders decided to help support the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN). Nutrition and food security (MDG 1) take centre stage in Flemish development cooperation and feature in the cooperation with the partner countries Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa.

Hunger and poverty continue to pose serious problems in several African countries. Sub-Saharan Africa is afflicted the most, with nearly 240 million people suffering from hunger, including many children. In addition, a large proportion of the population is faced with growing health problems as a result of an unvaried diet.

In 1992, the International Conference on Nutrition (ICN) took place. This conference unanimously adopted a World Declaration and a Plan of Action for Nutrition. Delegations of 159 countries and the EU committed to eradicating hunger. In 2013, exactly 21 years later, a new edition of the conference (ICN+21) is organised. This project proposal entirely pertains to this conference.

The UNSCN wants to use the planned International Conference on Nutrition, which is due to take place in Rome in November 2013, to draw attention to the theme of nutrition in a sustainable manner. The ICN+21 is an intergovernmental meeting which will result in the further development and implementation of an improved policy on nutrition and food security, and sustainable food supply.