The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been appointed by the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon with 26 other global leaders to launch aggressive campaign to reduce cases of malnutrition.
A statement from the United Nation’s Department of Public Information, the UN Secretary-General appointed 27 individuals which included some heads of state and other reputable individuals to focus on improving nutrition as key to progress in health and development.
Okonjo-Iweala who is vying for the position of World Bank president was appointed today alongside with Armando Emílio Guebuza, President of Mozambique; Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of Tanzania; Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh; Nahas Angula, Prime Minister of Namibia; Babu Ram Bhattarai, Prime Minister of Nepal; Nina Sardjunani, Deputy Minister of Development Planning of Indonesia; Nadine Heredia, First Lady of Peru and Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of NEPAD Civil Society Organizations.
The group is to represent the many countries, organizations and sectors working to improve nutrition, and serve as strategic guides for the global movement, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN), which is committed to advancing the strength and security of nations by improving maternal and child nutrition.SUN, is a global push for action and investment to improve maternal and child nutrition.
“Never before have so many leaders, from so many countries and fields, agreed to work together to improve nutrition,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as he explained that “the SUN movement gives all of us, including the UN, an opportunity to support countries in their efforts to end hunger and malnutrition.”
“Okonjo-Iweala will be joining the lead group which includes heads of state from countries that have prioritized efforts to scale up nutrition, as well as representatives of the donor, civil society, business and UN system organizations that are aligning resources to help SUN countries drive progress.
The group’s role is to ensure that the countries at the heart of the movement are supported as they work to create tangible and sustainable improvements in nutrition. In addition to providing strategic oversight, the group will help to mobilize support and strengthen both coordination and accountability within the Movement.