Global Nutrition Resolution

With help from UNICEF USA advocacy efforts, an important milestone was reached in combatting child and maternal malnutrition: the passage of a resolution that will help ensure critical support for tracking nutrition and food outcomes around the world.

Congratulations! The Global Nutrition Resolution passed!

Because of efforts from advocates like you, both the House and the Senate passed H.Res.189 / S.Res.260, a Congressional Resolution that outlines the importance of the United States leadership to accelerate global progress against maternal and child malnutrition.

Your letters to and meetings with Congressional Offices helped raise awareness on the continuing need for the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) to provide improved and clear methods to track nutrition and food outcomes around the world.

We celebrate this milestone while looking forward to further advocacy on behalf of children 

Introduced by Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), the House agreed to H.Res.189 in March 2020 with 153 bipartisan cosponsors. On the Senate side, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chris Coons (D-DE) ushered S.Res.260 to passage in January 2020 with 40 additional cosponsors.

Their press release recognized the support of UNICEF advocates in championing the resolution.

The first 1,000 days from the start of a woman’s pregnancy to a child’s second birthday offer a window of opportunity for preventing undernutrition and its consequences. Yet malnutrition contributes to 45 percent of all deaths – about 2.6 million annually – of children under the age 5.

Malnutrition impairs brain development and weakens a child's immune system, leaving them more vulnerable to serious disease.  

UNICEF believes every child has the right to be healthy and productive. Well-nourished children are better able to grow and learn, to participate in their communities and to be resilient in the face of disease or disaster.

Learn more about UNICEF's global efforts to improve maternal and child nutrition.

Top photo: Beneficiaries of a UNICEF-supported nutrition program in Bavalkanthiya Village, Khedbrahma, Sabarkantha, Gujarat, India. © UNICEF/UNI364731/Panjwani