World Vision International
Press Release • Monday, December 3rd 2018

Next MFF missing its target – US$3.5 trillion per year wasted

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A new report showed that the world could save approximately US$3.5 trillion per year if malnutrition in all its forms was ended.

“Investing in undernutrition is not only the right thing to do but also the smart thing to do”, says MEP Linda McAvan. ”Millions of children around the world are undernourished and will not develop to reach their full potential. The EU, as the world biggest donor, has a key role to play in convincing other donors to invest more in the fight against malnutrition”.

As the EU and its Member States are negotiating their multi-annual budget for 2021-2027, it is vital that nutrition takes its fair share. The EU already contributed to avert some forms of undernutrition. However, the world is not on track to meet the SDGs and the commitments world leaders made to end all forms of malnutrition.   

That’s why civil society coalition, Generation Nutrition is joining forces with MEP Linda McAvan to discuss past and future commitments for nutrition and the role that the private sector can play in bringing malnutrition to an end.

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Notes to editors

Generation Nutrition EU is a network of a wide range of civil society organisations, working to see an end to child undernutrition. We believe that, with strong political will, our goal of a world free of child deaths from undernutrition can be achieved within a generation.

The high level event Investing in nutrition for a sustainable future: current impact and future focus of the EUhosted by MEP Linda McAvan will take place at the European Parliament, from 09.00 to 12.00pm (Altiero Spinelli building, room ASP 5E2) on Tuesday 4 December 2018.  The event aims to bring field and institutional perspectives together to take stock of the impact made so far by the EU as a global leader in fighting malnutrition and pave the way for renewed momentum, new commitments, and enhanced multi-stakeholder partnerships for nutrition after 2020.

Free admission on reservation subject to availability.

For more information or interviews with World Vision spokespeople, please contact Ludovic Wahis, Policy and Communications Manager, +32 (0) 2 274 18 67 (direct line) +32 (0) 472 50 68 72 (cell), Ludovic_Wahis@wvi.org