Scaling Up Nutrition With ThousandDays.org

Posted by Cindy Huang
May 17, 2011
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed nutrition and the 1,000 Days partnership in her speech at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome on May 6, 2011. In her remarks on rising food prices and the challenge of food insecurity, Secretary Clinton discussed the need for smart policy responses in the near-term and deepened commitment to investment in agriculture, nutrition and food security in the long-term. Because it is a critical component of food security, the U.S. Government is “shining a spotlight on nutrition.” Explaining that “all the research has made it absolutely clear: Good nutrition in the critical 1,000-day period from the start of a woman's pregnancy until her child's second birthday has the biggest impact on saving lives and improving lifelong cognitive and physical capacity,” Secretary Clinton cited our support for the global Scale Up Nutrition (SUN) movement and our challenge to achieve measurable results before our June 2013, 1,000-day deadline.

The SUN movement encompasses both the SUN Framework and Roadmap which guide the international community to address undernutrition during pregnancy and early life by building on the Paris-Accra principles for country-led development. Following the Framework, the SUN Roadmap was created to identify important steps to coordinate effectively and increase nutrition activities in country. It outlines principles for scaling up and mobilizing domestic and international support for proven nutrition interventions and identifies cost-effective investments that have been shown to work if implemented within the context of nutrition-focused development policies. 1,000 Days supports the SUN movement through an online platform for energizing and recruiting advocates and sharing success stories about the families and communities that benefit from the renewed attention to nutrition.

The platform is currently being redesigned and will be re-launched on June 13 here in Washington, D.C., at an international meeting hosted by Bread for the World and Concern Worldwide. This is an important milestone in our 1,000 days of action and we'll keep you posted!

The Secretary's full speech can be found here, and Ambassador Cousin's thoughts here.

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