Susanne Albert

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

Malnutrition – a two-faced problem. While still about 170 million children suffer from chronic undernourishment, the worldwide prevalence of obesity has more than doubled since 1980 putting the total number of overweight children at over 20 million. Since any form of malnutrition bares enormous risks on a child’s development Western countries are equally challenged by one extreme of the matter as developing struggle with the other extreme.

Although child overweight rates in France are comparatively low, still about 15% of the French children are overweight. Yet the French Republic is determined to fight not only one form of malnutrition but to work at the 2nd and 3rd SDG and everyone’s human right to a standard of living adequate for their health and well-being as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights starting with the eradication of hunger. It Is necessary to address this double burden in its entity.

Recognizing its great importance France has adopted several documents relevant to the matter, such as the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness in 2005. Great efforts have also been put into various projects: NUSAPPS, for example, is a multi-state initiative in Western Africa, aiming at strengthening national early warning and surveillance systems and pushing for implementation and evaluation of public policy on issues relating to nutrition and food security. A French initiative, the Nutrimad project, aims to improve the diet of children under two through economically and socially sustainable systems. Furthermore, the French Republic is actively supporting institutions like the Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN) and the Global Partnership for Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition (GPAFSN).

Pointing out the wide short- and long-term implications of an unbalanced diet the French Republic strongly advocates the following points:

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