October 24

United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition

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U.N. Decade of Action on Nutrition

The United Nations has proclaimed 2016 through 2025 to be the U.N. Decade of Action on Nutrition.

The goals of the event are to end hunger and malnutrition globally, to ensure universal access to healthier and more sustainable diets, and to implement policies and programs to improve food security and nutrition around the world. It also commits to reverse the trends of overweight and obesity and the diet-related noncommunicable diseases tied both to obesity and to malnutrition.

The World Health Organization is hopeful that a decade of action will allow them to meet the World Health Assembly's six global nutrition targets by 2025 and the worldwide diet-related noncommunicable diseases targets, as well as additional nutrition-relevant targets, included in the U.N.'s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Nearly 800 million people around the world remain chronically undernourished. In 2015, in the United States alone, more than 42 million people (including 12 million children and 7 million senior citizens) suffered from food insecurity—a lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.

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