New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday appointed 27 global leaders from countries, organizations and the private sector to advance ''the strength and security of nations'' in improving maternal and child nutrition.
According to a UN statement made available to PANA in New York, the UN chief said the personalities would serve as strategic guides to the global movement, known as ''Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN)'', to boost nutrition among children.
''Never before have so many leaders, from so many countries and fields, agreed to work together to improve nutrition. The Scaling Up Nutrition Movement gives all of us, including the UN, an opportunity to support countries in their efforts to end hunger and malnutrition,'' Ban was quoted as saying.
Members of the Lead Group included Armando Emílio Guebuza, President of Mozambique; Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of Tanzania; Ms. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh; Nahas Angula, Prime Minister of Namibia and Babu Ram Bhattarai, Prime Minister of Nepal.
Others are Ms Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance of Nigeria; Ms. Nina Sardjunani, Deputy Minister of Development Planning of Indonesia; Ms. Nadine Heredia, First Lady of Peru and Ibrahim Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer of NEPAD.
Those appointed from the civil society are Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairperson, BRAC; Tom Arnold, Chief Executive Officer, Concern Worldwide and Ms. Alessandra da Costa Lunas, Secretary-General, Confederation of Family Farmer Organizations of the Extended Mercosur (COPROFAM).
Others included Ms. Marie Pierre Allié, President, Médecins Sans Frontieres France; and Ms. Helene Gayle, President and CEO, CARE US.
Appointees from the development agencies comprise of Ms. Beverley Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, Canada; Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development
Cooperation, European Commission (EC); Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fishing, France; and Rajiv Shah, Administrator, US Agency for International Development (USAID).
From the business sector, Ms. Vinita Bali, Managing Director, Britannia Industrie, and Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever, were picked.
Also on the group are Ms. Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme and Representative of the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition, and Ms. Tamar Manuelyan Atinc, Vice President, Human Development, World Bank.
Representing foundations and alliances are Chris Elias, President, Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Jay Naidoo, Chair of the Board, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and Ms. Mary Robinson, Chair, Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice.
Others are Anthony Lake, Chair, Scaling Up Nutrition Movement Lead Group and Executive Director, UNICEF, and David Nabarro, Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Food Security and Nutrition
The statement said the Group’s role is to ensure that the countries at the heart of the Movement are supported as they work to create tangible and sustainable improvements in nutrition.
''In addition to providing strategic oversight, the Lead Group will help to mobilize support and strengthen both coordination and accountability within the Movement,'' it said.
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