UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Nigeria’s Akinwumi Adesina and 21 other leaders to lead the campaigns against malnutrition in various forms as members of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Lead Group.
Akinwumi Adesina, the current President of the African Development Bank, was appointed alongside two other Nigerians: Mansur Muhtar, vice president of the Islamic Development Bank, and Ndidi Nwuneli, executive chair of Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition.
The SUN Movement, launched in 2010 by a former Secretary-General, continues to work towards enhancing nutrition for everyone, everywhere, under the guidance of 22 global leaders appointed as members of the SUN Movement Lead Group. These leaders are dedicated to combating malnutrition in all its forms.
Handpicked by Mr. Guterres, these prominent individuals are fully committed to advocating for nutrition and guiding the SUN Movement to eliminate malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.
Approximately three billion people, nearly half the global population, lack the means to afford a nutritious diet. At the same time, two-thirds of children need access to the diverse range of foods they need to grow and develop properly.
“Without good nutrition, there is no human development. Every child needs to have access to nutritious and safe foods to grow and develop to their full potential.
“Unfortunately, today more than 1 in 10 people in the world are severely food and nutrition insecure.
“I believe that the approach of the SUN Movement to tackle malnutrition through a country-owned multi-sectoral and multistakeholder approach is more crucial than ever before.
“These global leaders are championing country-led efforts to scale up nutrition and to deliver for girls, boys, and their families a world free from malnutrition by 2030,” Mr. Guterres said in a statement.
The SUN Movement Lead Group comprises representatives from the SUN Movement’s membership, encompassing 65 countries, four Indian states, over 4,000 civil society organizations, more than 1,400 businesses, 16 United Nations agencies, international finance institutions, and donor governments and philanthropies that fund nutrition initiatives.
The SUN Movement is strongly committed to promoting collaboration and taking action in the field of nutrition. It actively supports countries in implementing policies and legislation that adopt a comprehensive approach, ensuring every child, adolescent, mother, and family has access to a nutritious diet.
To achieve its goals, the Movement advocates for a holistic approach, encouraging various stakeholders to unite in advocating for nutrition, investing in nutrition-related initiatives, and coordinating their actions at the national level. It emphasizes the importance of national ownership and leadership in driving progress in the field of nutrition.
“Malnutrition is one of the leading causes of disease and death globally — a major threat to children. Conflicts, crises, COVID-19, and climate change all threaten to reverse hard-won gains if we don’t get back on track.
“The SUN Movement is working to raise awareness of nutrition as both a marker and a driver of sustainable development — and to spur new investment and action.
“I look forward to working with these leaders to reignite a global movement to end all forms of malnutrition by 2030,” Catherine Russell, UNICEF Executive Director and Chair of the SUN Movement Lead Group, said.