Nutrition for Growth (N4G) is a global pledging moment to drive greater action toward ending malnutrition and helping ensure everyone, everywhere can reach their full potential.

Over the past decade, the governments of the United Kingdom, Brazil, and Japan each stepped up to mobilize N4G nutrition commitments against the backdrop of the Olympics—a symbol of health, strength, and human potential. With the support of governments, donors, civil society, and the private sector, the result has been unprecedented, coordinated, and impactful commitments to improve global nutrition.

2013

The first N4G Summit was held in London in 2013 where 100 stakeholders endorsed the Global N4G Compact and pledged more than $4 billion in new nutrition-specific projects and $19 billion in nutrition-sensitive projects.

2017

In 2017, stakeholders gathered in Milan for the Global Nutrition Summit to track against pledges made in London, take stock of progress made, and further build the coalition of global nutrition champions. This Summit generated an additional $3.4 billion in nutrition pledges, further growing global momentum to improve nutrition.

2020

In 2020, N4G will continue to spearhead the effort to end malnutrition in all its forms at the Tokyo N4G Summit, which will focus on the critical roles of food, health, and social protection systems in delivering good nutrition for all.

N4G delivers much-needed action on policy and financing commitments to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2—Ending Hunger in All its Forms—which is an underlying driver of 12 of the 17 SDGs.

Under the umbrella of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition, the last ten years have seen growing global momentum to prioritize nutrition. Explore key moments below that have led to some of the most important gains in global health.

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2010

Scaling Up Nutrition Launch

In 2010, the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement launched at the UN Millennium Development Goals Summit. At the launch event, governments, donors, civil society, business and academia, committed to work together to substantively scale up nutrition.

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2012

Global Nutrition Targets

In 2012, at the World Health Assembly (WHA), 194 countries agreed to the first-ever set of global nutrition targets.

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2013

N4G 2013 Summit

In 2013 at the first N4G summit in London, 110 stakeholders committed to prevent at least 20 million children from being stunted and save at least 1.7 million lives by 2020. Donors secured new commitments of over $4 billion to tackle undernutrition, and $19 billion in complementary nutrition-sensitive investments between 2013 and 2020.

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2014

50 SUN Countries

2014 marks the year where a total of 50 countries had joined the SUN Movement.

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2015

SDGs

In 2015, world leaders committed to end “all forms of malnutrition” by 2030 as part of the SDGs.

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2016

Decade of Action on Nutrition

In 2016 at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Decade of Action on Nutrition was launched as a tool for all actors to set, track, and achieve commitments to end all forms of malnutrition. In addition, the government of Brazil hosted a second N4G moment.

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2019

61 SUN Countries

Honduras becomes the latest country to join the SUN Movement in 2019, joining 60 other countries.

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2019

TICAD 7 (Yokohama)

The government of Japan led the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development in 2019. Co-hosted by the UN, UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank, and African Union Commission (AUC), the conference brought leaders together to advance Africa’s development agenda. Leaders from around the world emphasized the fundamental role of nutrition in promoting prosperity across the continent.

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2019

74th Session of the UNGA

All 193 Member States of the UN came together to discuss and work together on the international issues covered by the Charter of the United Nations (UN). Several sessions and side-events highlighted the importance of nutrition including:

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2020

Upcoming: African Union Summit

The heads of state and government of all 55 African countries will gather to attend the 33rd annual African Union Summit to determine policies and priorities for the Union, including investments in nutrition to address chronic hunger and malnutrition challenges.

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2020

Upcoming: World Bank Spring Meetings

The World Bank and IMF will hold their annual Spring Meetings to bolster awareness and advance the agenda on key issues to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity by addressing smart and timely investments in nutrition.

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2020

Upcoming: UN Decade of Action on Nutrition Mid-term Review

The mid-term review will assess and evaluate the achievements on eradicating malnutrition in all its forms in all countries.

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2020

Upcoming: N4G 2020 Summit

The upcoming N4G Summit held in Tokyo under the auspices of the Japanese government. The Summit will bring together stakeholders across sectors to generate financial and political commitments to nutrition, focusing on the critical roles of food, health and social protection systems in delivering good nutrition for all.

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2011

Growth of the SUN Movement

By early 2011, 12 countries had joined the SUN Movement as a result of global advocacy.

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2012

Hunger Summit

On the day of closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics, the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, used the spotlight of the Olympic Games to call for greater international momentum to tackle hunger and malnutrition.

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2014

Global Nutrition Report, 2014

The Global Nutrition Report (GNR)—the world’s leading independent assessment of the state of global nutrition— was established in 2014 following the first N4G Summit, as an accountability mechanism to track progress against global nutrition targets and the commitments made to reach them.

It provides the best available data, in-depth analysis, and expert opinion rooted in evidence to help drive action on nutrition where it is urgently needed. Through a comprehensive report, interactive Country Nutrition Profiles, and Nutrition for Growth Commitment Tracking, the GNR sheds light on the burden of malnutrition and highlights progress and working solutions to tackle malnutrition around the world.

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2016

Investment Framework

The World Bank, Results for Development, and 1,000 Days launch an investment framework on nutrition, giving decision-makers a roadmap for scaling up investments in nutrition and reaching a set of the global nutrition targets by 2025.

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2017

Global Nutrition Summit

In 2017, at the Global Nutrition Summit in Milan, governments, civil society organizations, private philanthropies, and the private sector made financial and policy commitments totaling $3.4 billion.

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2019

SUN Lead Group Meeting

Members of the SUN Movement Lead Group met at the UN General Assembly to discuss individual and organizational N4G commitments from their respective organizations and institutions and to formally recommend a third phase of the SUN Movement from 2021-2025.

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2019

Committee on Food Security

A major global meeting to ensure food security and nutrition for all by focusing on ways to accelerate SDG 2—ending hunger in all its forms.

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2019

SUN Global Gathering

The government of Nepal along with SUN hosted the 2019 Global Gathering where participants gathered to share how to accelerate progress towards the SDGs and formally kick off coordinated activities—across sectors, stakeholders and geographies—to ensure a successful N4G Summit in 2020.

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2020

Upcoming: Global Nutrition Report Launch

The Global Nutrition Report, the world’s leading independent assessment of the state of global nutrition, will release its 2020 Report on 12 May 2020.

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2020

Upcoming: N4G Kick-Off Event at Goalkeepers
Tokyo

A high-level “springboard” commitment-making moment hosted at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Tokyo Goalkeepers House on the eve of the Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremony on 23 July 2020. The event will include a small set of ‘early riser’ N4G pledges to signal strong commitment to the global community and build momentum toward a successful N4G Summit in December.

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