Malnutrition directly affects one in three people around the world, causing stunting, wasting or obesity. Malnutrition and diet are by far the biggest risk factors for the global burden of disease: every country is facing a serious public health challenge from malnutrition.
Globally, there are agreed targets for nutrition, but despite some recent progress, the world is off track to reach those targets. Over the past decade, momentum around nutrition has been steadily building, with governments and stakeholders around the world acknowledging nutrition as a key component of development. The second Sustainable Development Goal has the objective to “end all forms of malnutrition” by 2030. This challenges the world to think and act differently about malnutrition.
We contributed to the recently launched Global Nutrition Report 2017, which is the only independent and comprehensive annual review of the state of the world’s nutrition. It is a multipartner initiative that provides an understanding of our ability to meet intergovernmental nutrition targets. It documents progress on commitments made on the global stage, and it recommends actions to accelerate that progress.
The Global Nutrition Report aims to be a beacon, encouraging change and identifying opportunities for action. This year’s report focuses on the theme of making—and measuring— SMART commitments to nutrition and identifying what it will take to end malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.
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