|Director General of Irish Aid Brendan Rogers meets with Helen Keogh World Vision Ireland CEO and Kevin Jenkins President of World Vision International at today's UNGA side event
morning, World Vision and Save the Children launched the Nutrition Barometer to
a packed venue at the UN General Assembly in New York.
The launch event,
co-hosted by World Vision International President and CEO Kevin Jenkins and
Save the Children Chief Executive Jasmine Whitbread, featured a panel of
nutrition experts, who spoke of the importance of the Barometer for tackling this
silent killer of children.
The Nutrition Barometer assesses governments’
political, legal and financial commitments to tackling malnutrition in the 36
countries where 90% of the world’s undernourished children live. Almost a quarter
of these countries have shown little progress in tackling this silent crisis.
In 2011 alone, undernutrition was responsible for the deaths of 2.3 million
children under five.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary
General for Food Security and Nutrition, David Nabarro, began
the Nutrition Barometer an exciting and courageous report. The Barometer is
courageous, he explained, as many of the 36 high-burden countries featured will
not be enamoured with the findings. But as he described, it’s an important tool
for helping governments improve the nutrition status of vulnerable children.
Director of the UN World Food Programme, Ertharin Cousin, also addressed the
packed room by explaining nutrition is central to acheiving Millennium
Development Goal Four – reducing child mortality.
|Kevin Jenkins meets with Rose Ndolo World Vision Kenya's National Nutrition Coordinator to discuss the Nutrition Barometer
She continued, saying there
is now an acceptance that long-term food security requires investment in
sustainable agriculture, alongside nutrition education. “Heads of the UN
agencies are committed to working together to address issues of chronic
Director General of Irish Aid Brendan Rogers spoke,
pinpointing the Irish Presidency of the European Union in 2013 as key forum for
progress, and an opportunity to transform commitments into tangible outcomes
for countries mentioned in the World Vision-Save the Children report.
Prof. Nila Moeloek, Special Envoy on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for the President
of Indonesia, explained the challenges faced in her country, but also the
innovations and initiatives that are happening to improve nutrition.
World Vision Kenya’s nutrition lead, Rose Ndolo, highlighted the
importance of civil society in supporting governments’ efforts to improve
nutrition, whether through advocacy activities, monitoring progress, or sharing
best practices. Critically, she explained governments must put their money
where their mouth is – delivering on their promises through increased
This event and the launch of the Barometer sets the tone for 2013 – particularly with the EU and G8 presidencies – outlining opportunities
for leaders to act on nutrition. The first step on this path will be high-level
meetings on SUN this week at the General Assembly in New York.