Kathmandu, 17 September 2012: National Planning Commission (NPC), seven Ministries and other key stakeholders signed a Declaration of Commitments to Accelerate Improvement of Maternal and Child Nutrition in
The signatories of the Commitment included the Vice Chair of NPC, senior representatives from the Ministries of Health and Population, Agriculture and Development, Education, Urban Development, Federal Affairs and Local Development, and Children and Women’s Affairs, and Finance. Other signatories included UNICEF Representative on behalf of the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, and the Renewed Efforts for Ending Child Hunger and Under-Nutrition (UN REACH, a joint program of WHO, UNICEF, WFP, FAO); the Chairperson of the Nepal Nutrition Group, Representative of WHO on behalf of the external development partners related to the health sector; Steering Committee Member of the Association of INGOs ; and the Vice President of FNCCI representing the Private sector.
NPC and the key Ministries – including Health and Population, Agriculture and Development, Education, Urban Development, Federal Affairs and Local Development, and Children and Women’s Affairs, and Finance have developed a Multi-sector Nutrition Plan 2013-2017 (2023) for accelerated reduction of chronic malnutrition in women and children for Nepal. The Plan was approved by the Council of Ministers in June 2012, and it will be launched within a week.
UNICEF has provided lead technical support to the NPC, with funding from the European Union (EU), through its Regional Maternal and Young Child Nutrition in South Asia (MYCNSIA) project, which is covering five countries in addition to
About 41 per cent of children under-five years of age in
The first thousand days of life, that is from conception to two years of age, is the critical window of opportunity, when young children lose their chance to thrive cognitively and physically if poorly nourished. The