Nutrition for Growth (N4G) is a global pledging moment, driving greater action toward ending malnutrition. Hosted by the Government of Japan, the Tokyo N4G Summit 2021 will gather leaders from governments, the donor community, civil society, the private sector, and other sectors to secure new pledges focusing on food, diets (food systems), and resilience to transform how the world addresses nutrition and drive progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Without global nutrition commitments, we could see a back slide on nutrition.
The first N4G Summit was held by the UK Government alongside the 2013 London Olympics – a symbol of health, strength, and human capital. The 2013 Summit gathered 100 stakeholders who announced new pledges of USD $4 billion for nutrition-specific projects and USD $19 billion for nutrition-sensitive projects. This set a precedent for coordinated and impactful commitments on nutrition from governments, donors, civil society, and the private sector.
Nutrition fuels our ambitions – for children to go to school ready to learn & go on to better jobs.
Nutrition fuels our health – providing the foundation for our well-being & that of future generations.
Nutrition fuels our progress – investing in our brainpower means a more productive workforce & thriving economies.
Nutrition fuels the SDGs – averting malnutrition will help achieve 12 of the Global Goals and help create a healthy, prosperous, and stable world in which no one is left behind.
Carrying the torch, the Government of Japan will host the next N4G Summit in December 2021, after being postponed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Summit comes at a critical time: 2020 marked the expiration of the N4G Summit 2013 pledges and four years to achieve the World Health Assembly (WHA) 2025 Nutrition Targets.
Launching the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Year of Action, the Governments of Canada and Bangladesh on 14 December will host a milestone moment in the lead up to the Tokyo Summit. Gathering key stakeholders from around the world, this virtual event will showcase new policy and financing commitments to nutrition with statements from Executive Director of UNICEF Henrietta H. Fore; Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation Melinda Gates; and UN Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit Agnes Kalibata, among others. Register for this event here and find here a toolkit for amplification.
The shape of the Tokyo Summit is still to be confirmed.
An integrated approach across agriculture, nutrition, and food systems is needed to ensure that everyone has access to healthy, affordable foods. We also need to better communicate the vital role of farmers and support them to produce nutritious foods that powers people and economies and makes all other progress possible.Without this integration, we won’t see the system changes we need or get SDG2 back on track.
N4G is one of several key moments in to drive this needed progress. With the themes Health, Diets (food systems), and Resilience, the upcoming N4G Summit closely aligns with the goals of SDG2 and provides an opportunity to collaborate across sectors and bring new actors to the table to help drive progress on nutrition, SDG2, and the Global Goals.
N4G is one of three milestone events in 2021, alongside COP26 and the UN Food Systems Summit 2021.
To support advocacy across these moments, the SDG2 Hub community will develop resources to equip advocates with key messages and proof points, linking nutrition with other sectors and communities.
Together, we can ensure individuals and families have the nutrition they need to live healthy and productive lives—and that countries have the human capital they need to fuel health, social and economic development in the final decade of the SDGs.