Global discussion on South-South and triangular cooperation (SSTC) for Nutrition

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Join us on March 17, 2022, 8:00-9:30 am (ET/GMT-4) for a global discussion on the role of SSTC in delivering the SDG 2 and the Malabo Declaration targets in reducing prevalence of undernutrition and malnutrition in Africa. AUDA-NEPAD, UNICEF and WFP are organizing this webinar to discuss solutions and challenges and call for better food systems for nutritious diets, better integration of nutrition services in health care systems, better financing, and better data. The world needs a more equitable, sustainable nutritious, efficient and inclusive food systems everywhere, as advocated at the UN Food Systems Summit for the launch of a global coalition to support national food system transformation pathways.

With 821.6 million people that are considered undernourished or starving around the world and almost a quarter of all children under 5 years of age being stunted, there is an urgent need to accelerate country-led progress on SDG 2. Covid-19 exacerbated the already fragile situation of global nutrition especially for poor and vulnerable families, exposing the vulnerability and weaknesses of already fragile food systems. Accessibility and affordability of healthy, sustainably produced food becomes even more challenging. In building back better for children’s nutrition, governments have taken measures to ensure that there is enough nutritious food, distributed fairly, to cover basic nutrition needs – especially for the most vulnerable. Not least is the African Union’s declaration of 2022 as the year of nutrition with the theme of “Building resilience in nutrition on the African continent: Accelerate the human capital and social economic development” a critical message towards delivering on SDG 2 and Agenda 2063 targets and the needs of the approximately 239 million malnourished individuals living in Sub-Saharan Africa.

South-South and triangular cooperation provides opportunities to showcase good practices and solutions; raise awareness on the benefits of country-to-country learning on actions, experiences, and lessons learned and identify concrete actions in support of 2022 as the African Union’s year of Nutrition.

We are looking forward to your participation in the global discussion and in making 2022 the year of accelerated progress on Nutrition!