Karachi: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) acting Country Director Mr Stephen Gluning said tackling the Malnutrition is one of the greatest challenges facing Pakistan today and we can over come with joint efforts and commitment. WFP envoy said that in a province like sindh where two out of three families can’t afford a nutritious diet, we need to look for solutions at a local level. The SUN secretariat in Karachi is a key step in this direction, and I hope the future of mothers and children of this area will be better and different from the past.
World Food Programme (WFP) acting Country Director Mr Stephen Gluning expressed these views during a launching ceremony of Secretariat for the Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) initiative in Karachi jointly by the Planning and Development Department of the Government of Sindh and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Pakistan here in Karachi at a local hotel on Monday.
The SUN movement brings together people governments, civil society, the United Nations, donors, businesses and researchers in a collective effort to improve nutrition. The Government of Pakistan joined the SUN movement in January 2013 and agreed to establish SUN Secretariats at national and provincial levels. With today’s launch, the Sindh provincial SUN Secretariat will enable the provincial government to plan to scale up nutrition optimally through multi-sectoral and stakeholder coordination.
Speaking at the SUN Secretariat launch ceremony, the honorable Minister for Planning and Development Department, Mr Mir Khan Bijrani said: “SUN is a unique movement, presently having 57 member countries across the globe, founded in 2010 on the principle that ‘all people have a right to food and good nutrition’. Under this platform, active participation and support of the UN agencies, civil society, business, academia and donor networks, across multiple sectors, including health, agriculture, planning and education sectors at all levels work together with a focus on a collective effort to improve nutrition,”