The 142nd session of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Executive Board takes place this week (22-27 January 2018) in Geneva, Switzerland. The Executive Board provides direction and input on the World Health Organization’s priorities related to a broad range of health concerns.
At this week’s meeting, a biennial report on the Comprehensive Implementation Plan on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition will be presented by the World Health Organization Director General. This report will touch on progress made toward the global targets to improve maternal infant and young child nutrition, as well as national implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and relevant World Health Assembly Resolutions.
Importantly, the biennial report includes new analysis on the extension of the global targets from 2025 to 2030. Based on the current trajectory of the targets, countries will not achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2.2. to end malnutrition in all its forms unless there is a course correction to achieve a higher level of ambition than is currently being met. Governments and all stakeholders must act urgently to increase investments in and prioritization of nutrition in the critical 1,000 day window in order to save and improve lives.
1,000 Days joined a group of international civil society organizations in support of three statements to the World Health Organization that push for greater prioritization of nutrition by the WHO and its Member States throughout this year and at the World Health Assembly in May 2018.
To view all of the statements that were submitted by 1,000 Days and our partners, click below: