World Health Organization (WHO)

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment

Reported progress


London 2013

1. Committed to support countries as they formulate good public health policies, particularly with reference to the promotion and protection of breastfeeding and adequate complementary feeding, and to strengthen monitoring systems for nutrition in countries.

2. Specifically, the organization is working on further expansion of the guidance on chronic undernutrition and maternal nutrition.

3. WHO will also complete development of a monitoring framework and will produce a report on the achievement of global targets in 2014.

Reported progress

1. Conference on Nutrition and the Ending Childhood Obesity implementation plan: 59 countries have established a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages; 46 countries have mandatory regulations on marketing to children; 55 countries have established front-of-pack labelling (eight of them with mandatory regulations); 28 countries have regulations on the inappropriate marketing of complementary food; 87 countries have school food standards; 28 countries have banned food and drink vending machines in schools and 27 countries are taking action to ban the use of industrially produced trans-fats. FAO and WHO have jointly developed tools to support the implementation of the Decade of Action on Nutrition, including a guide for countries to translate the policies and actions of the voluntary Framework for Action into country-specific commitments and a policy brief on driving commitment for nutrition within the Decade.

2. WHO has developed normative products to support the implementation of the Second International Conference on Nutrition, including evidence-informed guidelines on the counselling of women to improve breastfeeding practices; operational guidance on HIV and infant feeding in emergencies; calcium supplementation during pregnancy for prevention of pre-eclampsia and its complications; fortification of rice with vitamins and minerals in public health; effective actions for improving adolescent nutrition; the revised Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative; a factsheet on healthy diet; a policy brief on driving commitment for nutrition within the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition; and equity considerations on reducing stunting in children.

3. WHO has supported the implementation of the Global Nutrition Monitoring Framework in 36 countries (Africa Region (3), Eastern Mediterranean Region (15), Region of the Americas (8), South-East Asian Region (10)). In the European Region, more than 40 countries are involved in the Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative. Jointly with UNICEF and the World Bank, WHO has published malnutrition estimates; and jointly with the NCD Risk Factor collaboration, WHO has published the first global estimates for obesity in children aged 5–19. Several reports have been published with partner organisations, including The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018 and The Global Nutrition Report 2018.

On course
Basis of assessment

Significant accomplishments made towards all targets.