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Global Nutrition Summit Highlights Challenges, Opportunities For Ending Malnutrition

HuffPost: The multiple burden of malnutrition — It does not have to be this way!
Savio Carvalho, global campaigns director at WaterAid

“Over the past year or so the world economy has been booming with higher returns from the markets. This is seen by many as a sign of growth and prosperity. However whilst the markets were booming, at the same time the number of people going to bed hungry has increased from 775 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2017. … Over the weekend, the Global Nutrition Report (GNR) for 2017 was launched in Milan at the Global Nutrition Summit. The report draws attention to the scale of the problem when it comes to nutrition, but at the same time identifies a unique opportunity within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to address the issue in a time bound fashion. … The Global Nutrition Summit in Milan had some rays of hope. Governments, donors, and philanthropic foundations made financial commitments of USD $3.4 million to end malnutrition. These commitments and many other ongoing initiatives are a step in the right direction. However, they will not be sufficient to address the scale of the challenge of the malnutrition crisis. … If leaders, governments, and non-state actors are serious to address this issue, they will have to put all hands on deck and act with a sense of urgency…” (11/6).

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