For almost a decade, The Global Nutrition Report has tracked the commitments made at Nutrition for Growth (N4G). In 2021, we will build on these efforts and expand our remit to create the world’s first independent and comprehensive global accountability framework for nutrition. This will drive stronger action and accelerate progress to make tackling poor diets and all forms of malnutrition a winnable fight across geographies and sectors.
Since its inception in 2014, the Global Nutrition Report has been monitoring the state of global nutrition. Our data shows a worrying conclusion: we are not winning the fight against poor diets and malnutrition. Around the globe, progress has been piecemeal and too slow. Even in some of the world’s most developed countries, poor diets and malnutrition persist at unacceptably high levels: 1 in 11 people globally are still hungry or undernourished and 1 in 3 are overweight or obese.
Despite clear goals being set by leaders at the World Health Assembly, we are currently off track to meet most global nutrition targets and achieve several critical Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.
Nutrition is recognised as one of the cornerstones of human health and sustainable development, and is vital to reducing unequal outcomes in health, education and earning potential. Decision-makers across all sectors recognise that nutrition is not one distinct goal but interlinked with many global challenges – at least 12 out of 17 SDGs contain indicators that encompass nutrition. Taking action on nutrition is key to overcoming interconnected challenges at a global level.
The situation is becoming increasingly critical. Malnutrition and hunger are exacerbated by climate change and conflict. The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the interconnectedness and fragility of our food and health systems, exposing widening poverty and inequities that threaten to reverse years of progress.
Ensuring people have access to affordable, healthy and sustainably produced nutrition and food is vital to enabling recovery from the pandemic and building resilience for the future.
All around the world, we see action being taken on nutrition, but often, it is not strong enough or fairly distributed. Too often, it happens in silo and doesn’t deliver the impact needed to turn the tide on poor diets and malnutrition.
Without sharing the latest data and learnings on nutrition action and keeping track of the collective impact of all actions, we can’t identify where progress has been made, and where challenges still lie.
The goal of ending poor diets and malnutrition must be supported by a comprehensive framework for accountability through which all action on nutrition is recorded according to the same principles, method and approach. Only by doing this will we be able to determine what is making an impact, recognise this, and encourage better commitments and investments that translate into scalable actions. Resources must be consistently shared, tracked and consolidated into usable insights that can drive better action and decision-making across sectors.
The Global Nutrition Report is committing to filling this critical gap. We are developing the world’s first independent and comprehensive global accountability framework to drive better decision-making and accelerate progress in tackling malnutrition and poor diets across geographies and sectors.
Since 2014, the GNR has been collecting and analysing the most comprehensive data on nutrition and tracking commitments made by all players as part of Nutrition for Growth (N4G) 2013 and 2017 summits. These span governments, aid donors, civil society, multilateral organisations and businesses to help drive faster and fairer progress to tackle poor diets and malnutrition.
We are building on our existing tools and expertise, consolidating and harmonising existing accountability mechanisms to create an independent and comprehensive global accountability framework that will better serve decision-makers and the nutrition community. The Nutrition Accountability Framework (NAF) will minimise the burden of reporting and make it easier to identify gaps in action, measure impact, determine the most impactful actions and allocate resources where they are most needed. Building on the pre-existing N4G Commitment Tracker, it will also propose a new architecture to redefine how future nutrition-related commitments should be captured, categorised, and assessed.
We will work with those already collecting data on nutrition action to develop and lead the NAF. This will include:
In addition to comprehensive reporting on nutrition action at a global level, the GNR will track and report on our progress and collective impact every year to determine whether commitments are translating into action and pinpoint where more action is needed.
2021 has been declared the Year of Action on Nutrition. With seminal events throughout the year and a climate of urgency, it presents unprecedented opportunities for action and must be a turning point in driving collaboration to win the fight against malnutrition and poor diets.
Now is the time for us to come together, collaborate and coordinate efforts. The N4G Summit, the UN Food Systems Summit and other upcoming global events this year will provide key moments for stakeholders to make commitments and drive action towards improving nutrition.
We are calling on our partners from across the nutrition community – those who share our vision of making malnutrition a thing of the past – to support our initiative to create this independent and comprehensive global framework to report on nutrition and encourage others to follow your lead.
Governments, donors, civil society and businesses: we ask you to endorse this nutrition accountability framework, to commit to using it to drive better action and tracking the impact of those actions.
Register here to show your support for the Nutrition Accountability Framework