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In June, 2021, WHO organized a successful first series of Health Talks prior to the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit calling for partners to ensure health is at the centre of the Food Systems Summit processes. Now, in preparation for the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit, the Department of Nutrition and Food Safety of WHO and the UNICEF Nutrition Section of the Program Group will host a week-long series of virtual events focused on improving nutrition through a multi-system approach. The week’s events will highlight key priorities and actions that countries are taking, or are planning to take, to deliver essential nutrition actions in health systems and promote safe and healthy diets to ensure health and well-being for all, leaving no one behind. The week aims to drive ambitious and impactful country commitments at N4G by:
The N4G thematic working group on nutrition and universal health coverage has developed a commitment guide for SMART commitments. The N4G health week will underpin many of the key themes in the commitment guide, and illustrate through country presentations, how countries are scaling up nutrition interventions in health service delivery. Actions on workforce strengthening, financing, nutrition products, health information systems, and leadership will be described. In addition, WHO has developed information briefs on six action areas that will provide further background for sessions highlighting the pathways of food systems impact on health and nutrition. This package of actions aims to improve nutrition through transforming food systems to deliver safe, sustainable and healthy diets. Additional resources to support smart commitments on breastfeeding, data and finance have also been developed and will serve as key resources for this week.