The first Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit, hosted by the UK Government in 2013 following the London Olympic Games in 2012, improved awareness about the urgency of good nutrition. It led to the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016 to 2025), world leaders committing to end “all forms of malnutrition” by 2030 as part of the SDGs, and the birth of organisations such as The Power of Nutrition. It also successfully mobilised £17 billion – including £1.25 billion in new investments from the UK Government – to combat malnutrition globally.
With these commitments set to expire at the end of 2020, the Government of Japan is hosting the next N4G Summit following the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this coming December. This will be a major opportunity to continue transforming the way the world tackles the global challenge of malnutrition. The Summit is seen as the last big global opportunity to mobilise commitments for nutrition that can deliver results by 2025, the end of the Decade of Action for Nutrition and the deadline to reach the World Health Assembly global nutrition targets.
The Power of Nutrition, the first-ever innovative financing facility for nutrition that leverages resources and partnerships from diverse sources – with a focus on private sector investment – was launched in 2015. The ambitions for its genesis were driven by the global burden of stunting in children under age 5 – at that time in excess of 160 million children – as well as significant underfunding of nutrition – with less than 1% of global ODA channelled to nutrition. Building on proven, long-established interventions, and yet moving away from traditional aid structures, our model has proven to be successful.