United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary General, as one of the 27 global leaders committed to fighting malnutrition through the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement.
Malnutrition affects one in three people in the world and 149 million girls and boys are stunted. The SUN Movement was launched in 2010 by the UN Secretary-General with the mission to fight malnutrition in all its forms. Today, the movement has rallied 61 countries and four Indian states. It is also supported by over 3,000 civil society organizations, some 500 businesses, five UN agencies and a group of international donors and foundations. The 27 global leaders have been appointed until July 2021 and include several Vice-Presidents of SUN member countries among other prominent figures and change-makers.
As a SUN global leader, Martin Chungong will mobilize the global parliamentary community around the issue of malnutrition. As part of its overall objective to support parliaments in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the IPU has brought the issue of nutrition to the fore of its global parliamentary assemblies as well as at the regional and national level. The IPU has also helped to build parliamentary capacity to advocate for and oversee government action and improve legislation on nutrition.