Robin Dresen

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  • Positioning Paper *

EuroMUN 2017 – Maastricht – April 26 – 30, 2017

Committee: World Health Organization

Country: Belgium

Delegate: Dresen Robin

1) Tackling the global issue of child malnutrition through social reform, food production and distribution of lunch.

Each day too many men and women across the entire globe struggle to feed their children a nutritious meal. 795 million people (one in nine) still go to bed with an empty stomach. In Europe, people go less hungy everyday, but up to three-quarters of the population in a few countries suffer from “hidden hunger” also known as malnutrition. Malnutrition is a worldwide problem and it represents dangerous and fatal health risks for children. You can divide malnutrition in undernutrition and overnutrition. It undermines someones productivity and it slows intellectual development.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) it is the cause of more than one third of all child deaths under the year of 5. Roughly translated this gives us a loss of 3 million young lives a year. The infections such as measles and pneumonia that, nowadays, sweep the earth in combination with malnutrition giving the children a higher risk of dying while keeping the postponed recovery in mind. Malnutrition has many causes as you all know. One of those causes is for example poverty and the food prices that have a say in this.

Hence, that organizations such as the WHO and UNICEF should fight these problems and use every possible bit of their financial means at their disposal. Belgium is a country where the malnutrition is on a low scale. It is actually the 50th cause of death in our country and was 7,6% in 2015. That doesn’t mean that even in wealthy nations, malnutrition can’t be a serious public health problem. We also see that child malnutrition is a worldwide problem that should be immediately taken care off and we are also committed towards the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). Poverty eradication and human development remain a central benchmark of the Belgian development cooperation, but we also need to ke...