Ambitious, SMART commitments to address NCDs, overweight and obesity

Make the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition count for all forms of malnutrition

A third of the world’s population are affected by one or multiple forms of malnutrition (overweight & obesity and undernutrition): 1.9 billion adults are overweight or obese, while 800 million people remain chronically undernourished, resulting in a combined global economic cost of $4.1 trillion a year.

More policy action to tackle malnutrition in all its forms is urgently needed if governments are to reach the global targets of the World Health Organization on nutrition and non-communicable diseases by 2025, and the nutrition-related targets of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

To support governments as they develop national food and nutrition plans and targets, we have produced a new policy brief in collaboration with NCD Alliance. The brief translates the recommendations of the Framework for Action (an outcome document of the Second International Conference on Nutrition, ICN2) into financial and political commitments that are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. As far as possible, we have identified so-called ‘double-duty actions’ which have the potential to prevent both undernutrition and overweight & obesity.

We are calling for the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025 to advance progress on malnutrition in all its forms, and ask governments to:

  • Set ambitious national food and nutrition targets
  • Make SMART financial and political commitments to implement the ICN2 Framework for Action
  • Develop robust accountability mechanisms to review, report on and monitor SMART commitments
  • Align national agriculture, nutrition, and NCD strategies and related policies to ensure policy coherence
  • Prioritise ‘double-duty actions’, which address overweight & obesity and undernutrition at the same time

You can download the policy brief as a pdf.

We have also prepared an extended version of the policy brief. This includes more example commitments, case studies as well as references, and can be downloaded here. The extended version is only available in English.