By Ndema Bernadette,
Communications Specialist, NIPN-OPM –
Uganda is one of the countries taking part in the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) global gathering in Kathmandu Nepal 4-7 November 2019. Themed, Nourishing People and the Planet Together, the conference has convened over 60 countries which make up the SUN movement.
Having joined the movement in 2011, Uganda is one of the ‘Early Riser’ SUN countries with a strategy to fight malnutrition as reflected in the National nutrition action plan. The plan is coordinated by the office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and takes on a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder approach towards malnutrition.
Uganda’s delegation to the SUN gathering is led by the Commissioner for Strategic Coordination and Implementation in the OPM, Mr. Joses Tegyeza, and has representatives from government, development partners and civil society organisations.
Among the activities at the event is an exhibition, where a joint booth has been set up to showcase a number of multi-sectoral nutrition projects implemented in Uganda. Run by the OPM, with funding from the European Union, the National Information Platforms for Nutrition (NIPN) is one of the projects that the OPM is exhibiting at the booth. NIPN contributes to strengthening national capacity of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), to manage and analyse nutrition information and data from all sectors to feed into a central nutrition data repository and dashboard within the OPM. The project ensures that this data and information is used to inform the strategic decisions to address malnutrition and its consequences.
The Uganda booth was visited by the Nepali Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Ishwar Pokharel, who presided over the opening ceremony of the gathering. The UN Assistant Secretary General, Amina Jane Mohammed, the SUN Movement Lead, Verda Berga and former president of the Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, also visited the booth and engaged the team on some of the strategies Uganda is using to fight malnutrition.
The SUN global gathering has presented an opportunity for Uganda and other nations to share information and lessons on strategies used in fighting malnutrition in the world. It explores the future of the SUN movement in preparation for it’s third strategic plan focusing on sustainable development, climate change and food systems.