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Global governance for nutrition

22nd May 2017

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Sharon Friel

Sharon joined RegNet as Professor of Health Equity in May 2014 and became Director in July 2014. She also serves as the Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the Australian National University.

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RegNet’s Sharon Friel has published an analysis of global governance for nutrition with recommendations to the United Nations (UN).

The report, which was commissioned by the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN), describes the public and private actors who impact nutrition agendas globally, and provides recommendations regarding the role of UNSCN within a global governance system.

The focus on nutrition brings together many aspects of the UN system – including global health, social equity, and environmental sustainability. Therefore, the actors involved are numerous and diverse – from governments to NGOs to private industry.

The report makes a number of recommendations to UNSCN, including:

• Enhance policy coherence between the diverse actors, providing a space for constructive discussions

• Establish legitimacy and voice at the highest level of the UN

• Advance the nutrition policy agenda with fit for purpose evidence

• Monitor and improve the accountability framework for action on nutrition

You can read the full report here.

The UNSCN was established in 1977 by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations to advance the UN’s interagency work on nutrition.

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet