Presentation on theme: "End Child Hunger and Undernutrition Initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean WFP Global Meeting Copenhagen June 2006."— Presentation transcript:
End Child Hunger and Undernutrition Initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean WFP Global Meeting Copenhagen June 2006
Achievement of the Hunger Objective in the Millennium Development Goals Objective #1 of Millennium Development - Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger Would achieve both Indicators May not achieve any indicators At least one indicator Target #2 - Reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger Possibilities of Achieving the Target Fuente: CEPAL. Panorama Social de América Latina 2002-2003. Los límites y los nombres y las designaciones que figuran en este mapa no implican su apoyo o aceptación oficial por las Naciones Unidas. Not analyzed in this study Indicator 1 – Global Malnutrition in Children under five years (Weight/Age) Indicator 2 – % of Population Undernourished
From the Outset: Regional Political Endorsement Chile, April 2005: Meeting of Health Ministers of South America endorsed WFP as leader in networking and knowledge management initiatives related to hunger reduction Panama, July 2005: Heads of State of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) requested WFP to take the lead in the fight towards eliminating all forms of hunger and malnutrition in the upcoming decade Belize, September 2005: RESSCAD XXI - Meeting of Health Ministers of CA and Dom Rep - requested WFP to take the lead in formulating a sub- regional project to eradicate child malnutrition by 2015 in partnership with governments and other cooperation agencies Panama, March 2006: The Special Summit of Heads of State of the Central American Integration System (SICA) gave its political endorsement to the WFP/Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) project proposal “Towards the Eradication of Child Malnutrition in Central America and the Dominican Republic by 2015”. The programme concept will be submitted for endorsement to the next SICA Presidential Summit in late June in Panama.
Strategic Partnerships and Consensus Building Joint IDB-WFP Regional Programme “Towards the Eradication of Child Malnutrition in Central America and the Dominican Republic by 2015”: Endorsed by the UNDG LAC RD group in May and was subject to an extensive stakeholder consultation in early June in which consensus was reached on the key components and requirements of the regional programme. Participants included representatives of national governments, regional experts, the World Bank, members of civil society, UN agencies and NGOs. Plans are underway to adopt a similar approach in the Andean Region through an eventual partnership with the Corporacion Andina de Fomento (CAF)
Working Together: WFP and UNICEF Regional Strategic Partnership Meeting Executive Directors Jim Morris and Anne Veneman presided over the May meeting in Panama that addressed ECHUI and related themes of HIV/AIDS, emergency response and UN reform The LAC region has made more progress on the MDGs than most other regions, but the challenge is how to reach those who remain excluded Need to work with governments, civil society and the private sector to make a systemic difference To achieve sustainability it is critical to ensure reporting on and monitoring of results, including impact assessment Many opportunities exist for cross-fertilization across countries and organizations which can help demonstrate effectiveness (facilitating South-South cooperation)
Working in Partnership to Support to National Hunger Reduction Plans Bolivia WFP, UNICEF and PAHO/WHO will provide integrated support to the recently-launched “National Strategy for Zero Malnutrition”. The two agencies have been working together since 2003 on institutional strengthening, advocacy and micronutrient supplementation and fortification Guatemala UNICEF, WFP and PAHO/WHO implementing a joint programme to reduce chronic malnutrition for children under 3 years and pregnant and lactating women Panama WFP/UNICEF/UNFPA “Evaluation of Social Programmes with Food and/or Nutrition Components helped support major policy changes regarding the MCH national programme
Ending Child Hunger is Possible in LAC Joint advocacy: Cost of Hunger Studies; Investing in early childhood nutrition brings high economic returns – Increased allocation of national resources to MCHN programmes Creating a strong coalition of committed national governments, civil society, regional organizations, UN System, NGOs, international cooperation agencies, academic experts Building on the political momentum among strong players in the region willing to place eradicating child malnutrition on their political agendas and to invest in making it possible