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UNICEF and Netherlands join hands to prevent malnutrition

The Kingdom of the Netherlands contributes US$56 million to UNICEF’s nutrition work from 2018 to 2021

NEW YORK, 5 February 2018 -  UNICEF welcomes the US$ 56 million contribution from the Kingdom of the Netherlands to support UNICEF’s work to improve the nutrition of children, adolescents and women between 2018 and 2021.

“Malnutrition affects one in three people globally. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals world leaders signed up to end all forms of malnutrition by 2030. The Kingdom of the Netherlands remains a steadfast partner to UNICEF, committed to reach this goal,” said Ambassador Karel J.G. van Oosterom, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York.

Globally, 45 percent of all under-five deaths are due to undernutrition, either as a direct cause of death or through the weakening of the body. South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa have the highest burdens of undernutrition. The contribution to UNICEF’s Nutrition Thematic Funding pool will serve malnourished children most in need.

“UNICEF continues to highly value our partnership with the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Since 2013, we have been working together to scale-up nutrition programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa, reaching more than 50 million children, adolescents and women with nutrition interventions,” said UNICEF Public Partnerships Director, Carla Haddad Mardini. “We hope that this investment will be catalytic and other governments and private donors will follow the Kingdom of the Netherlands’ leadership to contribute more flexible support.”

With this investment, the partnership will provide nutrition services and reach millions of children, adolescents and women annually. Specifically, by 2021:
• 250 million children under five will benefit from services for the prevention of stunting and other forms of malnutrition
• 100 million adolescents will benefit from services for the prevention of anaemia and other forms of malnutrition; and,
• 6 million children with severe wasting or other forms of severe acute malnutrition will receive life-saving treatment and care.

“Good nutrition is an investment in the future of children and nations. Addressing malnutrition is crucial to enabling children’s right to survive, grow and develop to their full potential and is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” said UNICEF Programme Division’s Director, Ted Chaiban. “We are thankful that the Kingdom of the Netherlands has entrusted us with this responsibility.”

Member States have endorsed Thematic Funding as an innovative approach to increase funding predictability for UN funds and programmes. Thematic Funding, often referred to as “softly earmarked” funding, saves costs as funds are combined into large pools that allow for streamlined management throughout, from planning to reporting. Due to the reduced transaction costs, more resources reach the children and communities who need them most.


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For more information:
Sabrina Sidhu, UNICEF New York, +1 917 476 1537, ssidhu@unicef.org




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