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UNICEF Unveils Alarming Trends in Global Child Nutrition

Ann M. Veneman Marks First Year at UNICEF with Major Report on World’s Underweight Children

Who:    Ms. Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director;

Ms. Catherine Bertini, Chair of UN Standing Committee on Nutrition

What: Launch of Progress for Children – A Report Card on Nutrition
Event will be followed at 11am by a panel discussion at UNICEF House on undernutrition, hunger and poverty with experts from development agencies, academia, business and media including Dr. Bjørn Lomborg, Director of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre. 

When:  9:30am EST, Tuesday, 2 May 2006

Where: Room 226, United Nations, New York, NY 10017, USA

Good nutrition is the platform for all human progress and one of the most fundamental tests of global development. This UNICEF report reveals the results of efforts since 1990 to reduce the proportion of underweight children in the world.

Its conclusions are stark: in a time of plenty we are making a staggering lack of progress to combat undernutrition in children. Today, despite humanitarian promises and appeals, undernutrition remains a global epidemic related to half of all child deaths.
Giving the latest numbers and trends on undernutrition, region-by-region and country-by-country, this report debunks myths surrounding undernutrition - its causes and its solutions.  And it singles out examples of giant leaps made by some countries that could point the way forward in the decade ahead. 

Ann M. Veneman will launch the report marking her first anniversary as UNICEF Executive Director, in UNICEF’s 60th anniversary year.

Note to broadcasters:  video footage of nutrition projects worldwide is available free of charge from The Newsmarket at http://www.thenewsmarket.com or by visiting www.unicef.org.

For further information and interviews please contact:

Claire Hajaj, UNICEF Media: (+1) 212 326 7566, chajaj@unicef.org
Kathryn Donovan, UNICEF Media, (+1) 212 326 7452, kdonovan@unicef.org




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