Photo by: Christine Nesbitt (UNICEF 2010)
In June 2019, the UN Secretary General commissioned UN agencies working on nutrition (FAO, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP and WHO) with preparing the first-ever Global Action Plan (GAP) on Child Wasting. The plan aimed to respond to the slow progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal on reducing childhood wasting, and to growing calls for a more coordinated and streamlined UN approach to addressing this challenge.
The newly released GAP Framework identifies four critical outcomes to achieving the SDG target on child wasting and to improving early detection and treatment for those who need it:
Reduced incidence of low birthweight
Improved infant and young child feeding
Improved child health
Improved early detection and treatment of child wasting
Under each outcome, the Framework identifies pathways to accelerate the delivery of essential actions and to create an enabling environment for their success. UNICEF will lead the development of the Roadmap for Action, supporting countries to implement context-specific commitments to reach the global SDG target on child wasting.
THE FRONTRUNNER COUNTRIES
Papua New Guinea
THE OPERATIONAL ROADMAPS
The development of the GAP Country Operational Roadmaps follows a three-stage process:
1 Preparatory and analytical work is conducted by the UN agencies to develop a common picture on where each country is vis-a-vis the GAP framework.
2 In-country discussions between national governments and UN counterparts take place regarding the initial analytical work coupled with the review of national strategies and initiatives that impact child wasting.
3 UN agencies support national governments to identify a core set of ambitious yet feasible priority actions, as well as the support needed from UN agencies, civil society, donors, academics and private sector partners to achieve these.
THE ROLE OF UN AGENCIES
A briefing note from the Office of the Secretary General to all Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams
THE GAP CALENDAR
STAYING ON TRACK
To reach this ambitious target, each of the 23 GAP frontrunner countries need to reach the following milestones in the development of the GAP Country Operational Roadmaps.