United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina and 25 other persons to champion the fight against global malnutrition
A statement issued by Scaling Up Nutrition SUN Movement, an initiative of the UN Gen Sec, Dangote and others have pledged to make sure nutrition remains at the top of the agenda.
They have also pledged to provide inspiration and direction for the SUN Movement and its mission in eradicating malnutrition.
The movement said one in three people suffer from malnutrition globally and 149 million girls and boys are stunted, hence the job of the global leaders to support country-led efforts to scale up nutrition and to deliver for girls, boys and their families to ensure a world free from malnutrition by 2030.
The statement reads: “Members of the Lead Group are appointed until July 2021 and include several Vice Presidents of SUN member countries and other leaders from the array of partners engaged in the SUN Movement – civil society, youth coalitions, international and United Nations organizations, donor agencies, businesses, and foundations.
“At the annual meeting of the Lead Group, to be held on 24 September, the group will take a decision on the continuation of the SUN Movement into its third phases (2021-2025) and make commitments to achieve its objectives – looking toward the 2020 Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit and the future of the movement.”
Guterres launched the movement in 2010.