155 million children globally are still stunted, the world is off track on meeting agreed nutrition targets
The recently released Global Nutrition Report 2017 showed that, in spite of progress, 155 million children globally are still stunted and the world is off track on meeting internationally agreed nutrition targets. Financing to tackle malnutrition has been alarmingly low. Donors spend about 0.5 percent of overseas aid on nutrition, and countries allocate between one and two percent of their health budgets to the issue.
“The global malnutrition crisis endangers the physical and mental wellbeing of present and future generations” saidKofi Annan, speaking at the summit in his capacity as Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation. “Progress in tackling both undernutrition and obesity is possible with targeted commitments, like those made here today. We need further urgent investments so that people, communities and nations can reach their full potential.”Global Nutrition Report 2017