UNICEF Guatemala Broadens and Strengthens Partnerships to Take Nutrition to Scale
The signature of letters of understanding with Congress and the WFP are added to the partnership with USAID to fight chronic malnutrition.
Guatemala, April 19, 2012 - Yesterday UNICEF Guatemala signed two important letters of understanding, one with the Commission on Food Security and Nutrition of the Congress of Guatemala and one with the World Food Programme, as part of national efforts to achieve "Zero Hunger" and the global movement known as "Scaling Up Nutrition".
On the morning of Wednesday, April 18, Congressman Hugo Morán, Chairman of the Committee on Food Security and Nutrition of the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala and Mr. Adriano González-Regueral, UNICEF Representative in Guatemala, sealed an historic partnership to monitor and broaden the impact of national policies and programs to combat chronic malnutrition through information sharing, strengthening South-South cooperation and adequate budgetary allocations.
The full Congressional Commission participated in this act, and unanimously stressed the importance of the partnership for making urgent strides in combating chronic malnutrition, which affects half the population aged under five.
A few hours later, at noon, UNICEF signed another letter of understanding with the World Food Programme (WFP), with the participation of the Regional Director, Gemmo Lodesini, who welcomed this joint effort.
"We must not just take nutrition to scale, but also partnerships such as this one, so that together and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, we can fight malnutrition effectively," said Mr. Lodesini.
These new partnerships to fight hunger are in addition to the one already entered into on December 8 among UNICEF, the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, and others within the United Nations System, Plan International and the TIGO Foundation, which seek to reduce chronic malnutrition by 10% over the next four years.
"Political will take shape in the national budget. To achieve the goals of the Zero Hunger and Scaling Up Nutrition programs, long-term financial and social policies that focus on the most vulnerable populations must be combined," concluded Adriano González-Regueral.