This Friedman Seminar features Francesco Branca, Director of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development in the World Health Organization, presenting "Nutrition for Sustainable Development." This seminar was held on February 17, 2016.
On 25 September 2015 the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, with 17 Goals and 169 targets. Good nutrition is a core element of the Sustainable Development Goals. The world is affected by multiple forms of malnutrition and their coexistence is the “new normal”. The approval of the 2030 development agenda is calling for a radical new approach to development work, with greater integration across sectors and development domains and with involvement of all countries. Nutrition is no exception and the nutrition agenda for 2030 can be read as “End all forms of malnutrition, address the nutritional needs throughout the lifecourse, give universal access to safe and healthy food sustainably produced and achieve universal coverage of effective nutrition actions”. In efforts to alleviate the massive global burden of suffering and unfulfilled potential resulting from malnutrition in all its forms, countries have made a series of recent commitments to improving nutrition and are discussing to declare a decade of action on nutrition.