UNICEF regional vitamin assembly held in Johannesburg with an goal to enhance vitamin outcomes throughout the area
UNICEF’s Japanese and Southern Africa Regional Diet Community Assembly, held in Johannesburg from 26th-30th of August 2019, introduced collectively 56 members together with 40 UNICEF vitamin (and/or well being and vitamin) employees primarily based in discipline and nation places of work in 18 of the area’s 21 nation places of work.
Additionally collaborating was a colleague from Headquarters Programme Division, and twelve members from a spread of UNICEF sections – Diet, Communications, Communication for Growth, Evaluations, Well being, Human Sources, Humanitarian Motion, Resilience and Peacebuilding, Programme Planning and Monitoring, Public Personal Partnerships, Provide, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
“Past working throughout groups in UNICEF, you will need to harness the partnerships particularly within the UN household, with WFP, UNHCR, WHO and FAO.”
– Bo Viktor Nylund, UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for Japanese and Southern Africa
We had been joined by the UNICEF South Africa Consultant, Sanjay Wijesekera, throughout the opening session and to offer skilled inputs to the WASH and vitamin session. An extra 25 colleagues, together with colleagues from UNICEF headquarters, UNICEF Brussels workplace, and vitamin employees from the nation places of work who couldn’t attend the assembly in individual, joined chosen periods that had been live-streamed throughout the area. Exterior audio system, Leonard Mizzi from the EU, Jean Humphrey from Zvitambo Institute for Maternal and Baby Analysis and Steve Collins from Legitimate Worldwide additionally shared their skilled inputs.
With skilled facilitation that inspired open and lively dialogue, the assembly offered a chance to share updates on related UNICEF international and regional frameworks for motion; created a collective understanding of the regional priorities; facilitated south-to-south studying; mentioned rising areas in vitamin, financing, WASH and vitamin integration, and spatial sampling for surveys. The assembly additionally introduced a chance to debate UNICEF’s function in enhancing vitamin outcomes by utilizing a methods method to programme implementation.
“In every little thing we do, wherever we’re – low and center revenue international locations, humanitarian settings, or in growth settings, we have to take a methods method to guarantee that we depart behind methods which might be stronger than the methods that we discovered.”
– Victor Aguayo, Affiliate Director Diet
Individuals left with new concepts, views and calls to motion, together with making certain that their vitamin programmes are structured across the six new outcomes areas of the brand new Diet Strategic Plan utilizing related platforms throughout the completely different methods; aligning vitamin humanitarian response to UNICEF’s new Core Commitments for Kids; planning for evidence-based scale-up with information to focus on and higher monitor interventions; utilizing analysis findings for evidence-based advocacy; assist programming for school-aged kids primarily based on new rising evidence-guidance to be disseminated by finish of 2019. The assembly additionally mentioned that the Sustainable Growth Targets (SDGs) can’t be achieved with out non-public sector engagement.
“As UNICEF, we have to discover extra alternatives for personal sector engagement for enhanced outcomes for youngsters with out compromising UNICEF’s rules.”
– Joan Matji, UNICEF Regional Adviser for Diet
In her abstract remarks, Joan highlighted that whereas progress is being made in the direction of regional and international targets, this must be accelerated with a purpose to meet the SDGs. Key takeaways embrace – the significance of accelerating protection: scale and integration matter; proof and information allow prioritization and spotlight disparities; neighborhood engagement is essential; outcomes must be documented; excessive stage advocacy is essential to extend authorities prioritization of vitamin and to make sure that prevention of all types of malnutrition is the first purpose.