Milan: $3.4 bn. raised to combat malnutrition

Milan hosts Global Nutrition Summit.

Political leaders, private foundations, banks, companies, agencies and international NGOs meeting in Milan on 4 November raised $3.4 billion to contribute to the global struggle against malnutrition.

Following in the path laid out during Expo Milan 2015, the summit preceded the meeting of G7 health ministers in the city’s Palazzo Reale on 5-6 November, which also addressed the theme of inadequate food, in terms of both availability and of quality.

After a decade of decline, the recent news that global hunger is on the rise — with the number of undernourished people increasing from 777 to 815 million in 2016 – signals the urgent need for action, stated the organisers. During a time of political change around the globe, this event was planned as an opportunity for world leaders to make new pledges and commit to upholding prior ones, such as the Milan Charter and the Urban Food Policy pact, signed during Expo Milan 2015.

The Global Nutrition Summit was designed to build on the legacy of Nutrition for Growth, the first-ever global nutrition conference held in London in 2013, which mobilized over $4 billion for nutrition-specific projects, and $19 billion in nutrition-sensitive projects.

The summit was also the platform for the launch of the 2017 Global Nutrition Report. This independently produced annual report will take stock of countries’ progress towards nutrition-related Sustainable Development Goals, World Health Assembly Maternal Infant and Young Child targets and diet-related Non-Communicable Diseases targets, as well as tracking delivery of donor and country commitments.