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United Kingdom Position Paper - World Health Organization

Topic:A Tackling the global issue of child malnutrition through social reform, food production and distribution of Lunch

Topic B:Establishing a strategic coordination mechanism between state and non-state actors in medical emergencies

The United Kingdom sees child malnutrition worldwide as a serious issue that needs to be adequately addressed, and further recognizes that as a leading developed country it is our duty to contribute to the international effort by leading toward solutions, as we committed to as part of the Millennium Development Goals and in accordance to article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The UK believes that child malnutrition and hunger existing in our world today is unacceptable, as much of it is preventable with the proper utilization of existing food, education, the prevention of infectious diseases caused by inadequate health systems, and support of farmers growing the foods in the affected countries.

Malnutrition is generally considered a problem of developing countries, but it is important to note that this problem exists also in developed countries. Many British children suffer from malnutrition due to socio-economic reasons. Approximately 50% of hospitalized children in the UK during 2014 were malnourished to some degree. This raises their chances of suffering from infectious diseases, which may inevitably lead to premature death or per...