Action Networks

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The United Nations General Assembly mandated the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to co-lead implementation of the Nutrition Decade, which offers an opportunity to strengthen collaboration on nutrition action between countries.

Action Networks are informal coalitions of countries working  on specific policies and legislation. They are used to exchange good practices, illustrate successes and challenges, and provide mutual support to accelerate implementation of actions to address malnutrition and promote nutrition.

Establishing Action Networks 

The process of forming, structuring, running and supporting Action Networks for the Nutrition Decade starts with countries. 

Joint country action

One of more countries sharing an interest to take action on specific topics within the Nutrition Decade Work Programme  can request to convene an Action Network. Such countries can share experiences, lessons learned and obstacles and challenges faced in the chosen action area to promote learning and change.

Network convenors provide the Action Network’s proposed title, objectives, scope and initial programme of work to the Nutrition Decade’s joint FAO/WHO Secretariat. This will enable inclusion of the Network’s progress within relevant reports of the World Health Assembly, FAO Governing Bodies, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and the United Nations General Assembly.

Convening governments should identify and invite other countries interested in the Action Network’s topic area.

Stakeholder engagement

Action Network convenors are responsible for deciding how a network will engage with civil society organizations, academic institutions and the private sector, with due consideration to conflicts of interests that may arise between the network’s activities and objectives of such organizations.

For more information on Action Networks, please contact the joint FAO/WHO Secretariat of the Nutrition Decade.


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Propose an Action Network

The Work Programme of the Nutrition Decade calls upon Member States, regional political and economic communities to establish Action Networks.

Make a proposal for an Action Network