Emergency responses to child malnutrition are no longer satisfactory, according to Michèle Barzach, President of UNICEF France. UNICEF contributed to a much-needed paradigm shift. Malnutrition was not pre-destined, solutions did exist to curb it. UNICEF intends to mobilise political will to implement these solutions, in particular in sub-Saharan Africa.
On 14-15 May, UNICEF brings together 30 sub-Saharan African countries, principal donor countries, the European Union, international organisations, international experts and other actors to the International Conference Against Child Undernutrition in Paris. The Platform secretariat is attending the conference.
Responsible for one-third of child mortality, and chronically affecting 165 million children worldwide, stunting or low height for age is not only a human catastrophe, but also a major brake on development. By reducing the physical and cognitive capacities of individuals, it reduces productivity, impedes economic growth and perpetuates the cycle of poverty.
// Aim of the conference
To make malnutrition a global priority and put it at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda.
// Main objectives
- To mobilise states, donors and international organisations to scale up strategies that have been proven effective
- To advocate for the integration of nutrition in public health policies, social protection policy and development policy
- To promote stronger and lasting funding for the interventions that are most effective against malnutrition
Organised in Paris, this conference is an opportunity to engage France as well as key states of the European Union, especially given the upcoming G8 summit and the discussion of the post-2015 development agenda.
UNICEF-initiated conference is supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Action contre la Faim, Agence Française de Développement, the Alliance for International Medical Action, the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières. It will also benefit from inputs of other key stakeholders at global level and at regional level in West and Central Africa.
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