There are various other initiatives that are complementary to the Global Nutrition Cluster, each having a specific mandate within Nutrition. Some key initiatives are highlighted here.
The Initiative offers practical and effective approaches to reducing under-nutrition in the most heavily burdened countries focusing on five priority interventions areas. REACH starts with the overall objective of reducing child malnutrition and puts the child at the center, bringing partners together to each contribute to delivering a joint, coordinated solution. REACH currently operates in 13 countries and also provides guidance on how to allocate scarce resources to turn national policies on child under-nutrition into action plans.
Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) is a global movement for action and investment to improve maternal and child nutrition. Attention focuses on the 1000 days from pregnancy up through a child's 2nd birthday to avoid the irreversible consequences of under-nutrition during this period. This is a precondition to achieving the goals of eradicating poverty and hunger, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and combating disease - which all contribute to a stronger future for communities and nations.
UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN) is the food and nutrition policy harmonization forum of the United Nations.
WHO Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG)
The WHO Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD), in partnership with the Department of Research, Policy and Cooperation (RPC) and other internal partners, established a WHO Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) to ensure that WHO guidelines are developed in ways consistent with best practice, emphasizing the appropriate use of evidence. Currently, the NUGAG provides advice in four areas: 1) micronutrients; 2) diet and health; 3) nutrition in the life course and undernutrition; and 4) monitoring and evaluation.