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Benefits of Good Nutrition Take Center Stage at UN High-Level Event

September 23, 2011

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hosted a high-level event with focus on nutrition last September 20, 2011. The two day summit was attended by representatives of United Nations agencies, governments, civil society and the private sector to emphasize the importance of good nutrition in human health as well as for national economic and social development. The event coincided with the one year anniversary of the Scale Up Nutrition (SUN) movement which is a global initiative to improve maternal and child nutrition.

Project activities are focused in Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Laos, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Peru, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

"It is particularly gratifying to see this emphasis in countries that have been experiencing protracted crises with support for resilient food systems and special attention to the needs of pregnant women and children," said David Nabarro, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition.

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