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SUN is a unique


founded on the principle

that all people have a

right to food &

good nutrition.

It unites people

from governments, civil society,

the United Nations, donors,

businesses & researchers –

in a collective effort to

improve nutrition.


we can achieve

what no single effort could,

and make the world a

healthier, stronger

place for us all.

Why nutrition? The facts

  • Over 165 million children under 5

  • are stunted as a result of malnutrition.

  • 52 million children are too thin and require special treatment.

    • At the same time, 43 million children are overweight - some as a result of poverty, when families are unable to afford a balanced, nutritious diet.

  • 2 billion people are deficient in key vitamins & minerals

Why nutrition?

Because when..

  • Children receive proper nutrition and develop strong bodies & minds

  • Girls &women are well-nourished and have healthy newborn babies

  • Children receive proper nutrition and develop strong bodies & minds

The world is a safer, more resilient & stronger place

  • Adolescents learn better & achieve higher grades

  • in school

Communities &nations are productive & stable

Families & communities emerge out of poverty

  • Young adults are better able

  • to obtain

  • work & earn more

A smart investment

  • Nutrition investments can help break the cycle of poverty and increase a country’s GDP by at least

  • 2 to 3% annually.

  • Investing $1 in nutrition can result in a $30 returnin increased health, schooling and economic productivity.

Experts agree

The Copenhagen Consensus 2012 Expert Panel of world renowned economists identified the smartest ways to allocate money to respond to ten of the world’s biggest challenges.

They agreed that fighting malnutrition should be the top priority for policy-makers & philanthropists.

“One of the most compelling investments is to get nutrients to the world’s undernourished. The benefits from doing so – in terms of increased health, schooling, and productivity – are tremendous,”

-Nobel laureate economist Vernon Smith

The causes of malnutrition are


  • Lack of good

  • CARE for mothers & children & support for mothers on appropriate child feeding practices

  • Inadequateaccess to HEALTHsanitation & clean water services

  • Insufficient access to affordable, nutritious FOOD

  • throughout the year


Disempowerment of women

Political & Cultural Environment


The SUN Movement

recognizes that chronic malnutrition – or stunting -has multiple causes.

That’s why it requires People and

Programmes to work together

to put nutrition into all development

efforts, and develop sustainable

solutions that work.

Nutrition-sensitive strategies increase the impact of

specific actions for nutrition

Specific Actions for Nutrition

Nutrition-Sensitive Strategies

Agriculture: Making nutritious food more accessible to everyone, and supporting small farms as a source of income for women and families

Clean Water & Sanitation: Improving access to reduce infection and disease

Education & Employment: Making sure children have the nutrition needed to learn and earn a decent income as adults

Health Care: Access to services that enable women & children to be healthy

Support for Resilience: Establishing a stronger, healthier population and sustained prosperity to better endure emergencies and conflicts

Feeding Practices & Behaviors: Encouraging exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months of age and continued breastfeeding together with appropriate and nutritious food up to 2 years of age and beyond

Fortification of foods:Enabling access to nutrients through incorporating them into foods

Micronutrient supplementation:

Direct provision of extra nutrients

Treatment of acute malnutrition:

Enabling persons with moderate and severe malnutrition to access effective treatment

Across all approaches –

SUN supports equity for women

At the core of all efforts,

women are empowered

to be leaders in their families and communities, leading the way to a healthier and stronger world.

Countries are at the center of scaling up nutrition

Countries around the world have committed to making

nutrition a priority

& global partners

are working together

to support the

efforts of SUN countries.

The SUN approach – starting in 2010

  • The Scaling up Nutrition Movement relies on national leaders

  • taking ownership and responsibility for delivering

  • sustainable solutions to improve nutrition in their countries.

  • Through country-led efforts that focus on equity and realization of rights,

  • SUN countries are enabling women, families & communities

  • to create stronger foundations for their people & transforming the

  • future of our world.

  • SUN enables countries to take a collaborative approach bringing together the people & resources needed to rapidly

  • scale up nutrition-specific interventions as well as implement

  • cross-sector strategies that are nutrition-sensitive.

The SUN approach

Within each country a

SUN Focal Point is identified

Country governments lead national efforts to scale up nutrition.

The SUN approach

The Focal Point brings people together in a

multi-stakeholder platform

Technical Community

Civil Society




Government Partners


The SUN approach

The multi-stakeholder platform

Works to align and coordinate action across sectors.

Social Protection



Women’s Empowerment

Development & Poverty Reduction


The SUN approach

Using a unique approach that

works for each country.

These efforts are underway in all SUN countries

Together the combined efforts of all countries make up the core of the Movement - The SUN Country Network

Multi-sector, multi-stakeholder platform

The SUN approach

Global Networks

of stakeholders shift resources &

align actions to support country efforts.

With overall support and coordination provided by the

SUN Secretariat


SUN Lead Group

Country Network

United Nations


Civil Society Network

Donor Network



SUN country success in reducing stunting

Top 11 SUN countries with the fastest rates of

reductions in stunting.

These countries have had an annual average rates of reduction (AARR) greater than 2.2% over the last 10 years.

How has stunting been reduced?

How has stunting been reduced?

In Peru

  • Reduction in stunting adopted as national goal

  • Major social programmes targeted to the poorest

  • Comprehensive health insurance system implemented

  • Increased Government budget allocated for nutrition

    In Nepal

  • Political commitment and engagement by main sectors (Health, Education, WASH, Agriculture and Local Governance)

  • Government budget for nutrition doubled

    In Ethiopia

  • Large scale program to improve access to health posts in remote and drought- stricken areas

  • Provision of safety nets for vulnerable families

  • Treatment of severe acute malnutrition expanded

Making progress

Within each country, SUN Movement stakeholders are brought together around

4 key processes: progress is reviewed every six weeks

  • Creating Political and

  • Operational Platforms,

  • with strong in-country leadership & shared multi-stakeholder spaces where people come together to align their activities & take joint responsibility for scaling up nutrition.

  • Incorporating Best Practices into National Policies

  • for scaling up proven interventions; including the adoption of effective laws

  • & policies



Align ActionsAcross Sectorsaround high quality and well-costed country plans, with an agreed results framework and mutual accountability.

  • Increasing Resources and Monitoring Implementation

  • for coherent, aligned, effective action and maximum impact.



Making progress – examples

  • Creating Political and

  • Operational Platforms



  • Minister for Public Health and Sanitation, Hon. Beth Mugo officially launched Kenya’s Nutrition Action Plan (2012-2017) at the National SUN Symposium.


  • Political commitment to fight against hunger and malnutrition has been strengthened when the First Lady of Ghana supported the SUN Movement launch.

Making progress – examples

  • Incorporating Best Practices into National Policies



The nation-wide flagship nutrition program was launched to fight hunger and malnutrition.


  • Infant and young child feeding is being addressed by the road map for improved nutrition that aligns national programs in key sectors.

Making progress - examples


  • Aligning ActionsAcross Sectors


The Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Plan was endorsed by the Cabinet with a common results framework where all ministries have agreed on a set of essential nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions.


  • A Nutrition Action Plan is scaling up multi-sector efforts for a strong nutrition foundation for Uganda’s development.


  • Cash transfer programmes to protect poor families are scaling up and are being linked to the delivery of nutrition services.

Making progress - examples

  • Increasing Resources and Monitoring Implementation



All regions of Mali received funding for nutrition in 2012.


  • The Ministry of Finance now includes planning and budgeting for nutrition at level of national and local authorities.


  • The national Zero Hunger plan was launched with a specific budget line for addressing undernutritionduring the 1,000 days between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday.

Tracking and reporting impact

Establishing targets to measure impact: Countries are encouraged to establish their own targets for nutrition goals in the following areas:

  • Universal access to affordable nutritious food, clean water, sanitation, healthcare and social protection

  • Increased adoption of practices that contribute to good nutrition (such as exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of life)

  • Optimal growth of children, demonstrated as reduced levels of stunting (low height for age) and wasting (low weight for height)

  • Improved micronutrient status, especially in women and children, demonstrated as reduced levels of micronutrient deficiency

Annual SUN Movement Progress Report: Released in September each year by the SUN Movement Secretariat, the report provides updates on progress in achieving the Movement’s goals and strategic objectives.

Supporting global impact

Together, countries and supporting stakeholders are

collectively working to reach the global targets set out by the

World Health Assembly 2012 Resolution:

  • 40% reduction of the global number of children under 5 who are stunted

Target 1:

  • 50% reduction of anemia in women of reproductive age

Target 2:

Target 3:

  • 30% reduction of low birth weight

  • Increase exclusive breastfeeding rates in the first 6 months up to at least 50%

Target 4:

Target 5:

  • No increase in childhood overweight

Target 6:

  • Reducing and maintaining childhood wasting to less than 5%

SUN principlesof engagement

Be transparent

about impact:

all stakeholders to transparently and honestly demonstrate the impact of collective action.

Be inclusive:

through open multi-stakeholder partnerships that bring proven solutions and interventions to scale.

act in line with a commitment to uphold the equity and rights of all women, men and their children.

Be rights-based:

Be willing

to negotiate:

when conflicts arise, as can be expected with diverse partners working together, hold the intention to resolve conflicts and reach a way forward.

Be mutually


act so all stakeholders feel responsible for and are held collectively accountable to the joint commitments.

Be cost effective:

establish priorities on evidenced-based analysis of what will have the greatest and most sustainable impact for the least cost.

to learn and adapt through regular sharing of the relevant

critical lessons, what works and what does not, across sectors, countries and stakeholders.

Be continuously


Managing conflicts of interest

  • Conflicts of Interest within the Movement are primarily handled at the country level guided by national legal frameworks.

  • As needed:

    • Guidance is provided by the Secretariats of specialized UN system agencies and other multi-stakeholder bodies.

    • The 2012 World Health Assembly resolution 64-6 on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition used as one of the starting points to resolve conflicts.

The SUN Movement evolves.

The way forward.

The Movement grows to 33 countries & a high-level group of 27 international leaders are appointed to the SUN Lead Group & endorse the SUN Movement Strategy

for 2012-2015

SUN builds momentum and commitment for scaling up nutrition – 19 countries join the Movement.

SUN Framework for Action is developed & endorsed by over 100 global entities – establishing the foundation for the Movement.



Moving into 2013, SUN will focus on mobilizing resources behind

national movements, to achieve measurable progress & impact.


The SUN Movement

is growing in numbers & strength

100+ global stakeholders

areproviding support to

34 countries

with the opportunity to reach

60 million stunted children

34 countries: 11 progressing well



  • In 11 SUN Countries (indicated in RED)

  • the rate of chronic malnutrition (or stunting)

  • in children under 5 years is reducing at

  • more than 2% per year





































We are revealing what

has been hidden to all.

We are making healthier

& stronger societies.

Our goal is a better

world for all

…especially our


Thank you