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Live blog from the Nutrition Summit - Waiting for the Big Beasts

8 June 2013

The last big pledges of the day are still expected, here in UNILEVER house in the heart of London.

The World Bank and the EC are ‘big beasts’ in the development world but even they cannot fill the funding needs identified to combat undernutrition. According to the Lancet, around $9.5 billion is needed annually to role out a package of ten proven interventions. Will those funds be forthcoming?

The EU development commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, said: "I find it incomprehensible...

Live blog from Nutrition Summit - Major World Bank pledge

8 June 2013

Sri Mulyani is the Managing Director of the World Bank, and coming from Indonesia she has seen the damage that undernutrition does in developing countries. She spoke forcefully about the importance of empowerment of women. Evidence shows that women who have better education, and are able to participate in their communities, feed their children better and are less likely to see undernourished children in their families and villages.

The big pledge from the World Bank is that they...

Live blog Nutrition Summit - Progress is possible

8 June 2013

The EC has just made a huge pledge - of Euro 3.5 billion over the next 7 years. We need to find out the details, and a full review of the pledge will happen next week by RESULTS partners in Brussels. But what is clear is that this is a major pledge. Andris Piebalgs, from the European Community, said "This is a contribution from all the citizens of Europe, not just from governments but from everyone on the continent".

But how can the new funds be spent - can good outcomes be achieved...

Live blog from Nutrition Summit 10.30 a.m. - Jamie Cooper-Hohn speaks

8 June 2013

Jamie-Cooper Hohn from CIFF, a major Children's Foundation, just spoke, followed by President of Malawi Joyce Banda. “New findings in the Lancet have shown the stunning fact that undernutrition is the underlying cause of 45% of child deaths…. The world will never achieve MDGs 4 and 5 without increased investment against undernutrition”. She continued the theme of economic growth begun by PM David Cameron, saying how countries such as Nigeria and India are losing around 10% of economic growth...

Live blog from the Nutrition Summit 10am

8 June 2013

Angelique Kidjo, Africa's great musician, and David Cameron have been early speakers at the Summit. David Cameron explained why investment against undernutrition is so important – improved nutrition not only aids the growth of an individual, but also the growth of a country. A country which still has high rates of undernutrition may suffer from an annual loss of up to 10% GDP annually. Prime Minister Cameron also surprised many in the room by saying "I am immensely proud of the IF campaign...

Live Blog from the Nutrition for Growth Summit 9am

8 June 2013

Today Saturday 8 June 2013 governments are meeting in London to confront the scandal of hunger and undernutrition. Hosted by the UK, Brazil, and CIFF, the Childrens Investment Fund Foundation, today will be a moment for serious pledges that will allow 34 high burden countries to begin to reduce stunting.

Sitting here in the ornate headquarters of UNILEVER I am surrounded by delegations from many countries. RESULTS will be placing regular blogs during the morning. Please follow the...

Press release: Time for the UK to Act on Nutrition

6 June 2013

Startling findings released today by the Lancet underscore the urgent need for the UK government to show leadership at the June 8 Nutrition For Growth high-level meeting and pledge at least £149 million per year for 5 years towards ending undernutrition.

Recording of June conference call now available

5 June 2013

We are pleased to announce that a recording of our June conference call is now available for download.

A Framework in Development

4 June 2013

Health Advocacy Officer, Matt Oliver, gives his opinions surrounding the release of the recent High Level Panel report on the post-2015 development agenda.

The release of the High Level Panel (HLP) report last Thursday marked the end of the beginning for the post-MDG process. A year’s...

RESULTS encouraged by latest report of the High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Framework

1 June 2013

At the end of 2015 the Millennium Development Goals expire. In anticipation of this, a vast process has been underway to produce a new set of goals fit for a constantly changing world and set of global challenges.

Yesterday saw the first draft of the report that will shape the new framework. It was produced by a High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons, Co-Chaired by David Cameron. This report was encouraging news for RESULTS,...

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