We call for progress on all areas of malnutrition, including overweight & obesity, at World Health Assembly

Our new policy brief says UN Decade of Action on Nutrition should count for all forms of malnutrition

23 May 2016

Our Policy and Public Affairs team are attending the World Health Assembly to advocate for greater government commitments and interventions that target the prevention of nutrition-related non-communicable diseases, overweight & obesity.

To aid this advocacy we have produced a new policy brief in collaboration with NCD Alliance, which calls for the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025 to advance progress on malnutrition in all its forms: undernutrition, overweight and obesity.

The brief illustrates how recommendations of the Framework For Action (an outcome document of the Second International Conference on Nutrition, ICN2) can be translated into policy commitments that are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. The example policy commitments are accompanied by case studies from around the world.

During the World Health Assembly we are also playing a unique role in bringing the issue of overweight and obesity to governments’ attention by being a core part of organising a side event on childhood malnutrition. This event will see many high profile speakers, such as Jamie Oliver, Dr Margaret Chan and Health Ministers from around the world, discussing malnutrition in all its forms.

More policy action in this area is urgently needed if governments are to reach the global targets of the World Health Organization on nutrition and non-communicable diseases by 2025, and the nutrition-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

The policy brief will be launched at the World Health Assembly and can be downloaded here.