How to use the SDGs to make sure Nutrition becomes a global priority
For the next 15 years, the international development agenda will be centered on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Each country will have to make sure that national development plans, as well as all new policies, are aligned with the SDGs. Priorities listed in national development plans will be THE country priorities, in terms of political and financial commitment. This is why it is essential that nutrition is included in these national plans and other key political frameworks, to make sure it is a country priority with dedicated funding.
After several years of working for Action Against Hunger to support our country offices’ advocacy, I felt that, confronted with a rather complicated framework such as the SDGs, we needed to develop a toolkit to help our missions understand why the SDGs are essential for progress towards nutrition and have a dramatic impact on the policy context of the countries where we operate. The toolkit was then subsequently adapted by the SUN CSN for use by wider civil society.
The ultimate objective of this tool is to ensure that the SDGs related to nutrition are well-integrated in national development plans, policies, and strategies. It is quite long, as it introduces the different steps that can be taken to influence government’s policies, but also provides “à la carte” and ready-to-use key messages for each SDG, clearly explaining linkages with nutrition and what targets and indicators should be adopted at national level.
Beyond the content of this toolkit, here are a few practical advices on how to deal with the SDGs as part of your advocacy for the fight against malnutrition.
As countries develop their national development plans and adopt new policies, the main message you need to repeat over and over and to pass on to every decision maker, is that good nutrition, as a basic building block of human capital, is essential for the success of all the SDGs.
Christelle Huré, Nutrition Security Advocacy Adviser, ACTION AGAINST HUNGER