Policy Brief Addresses the Food and Health Nexus in the Sustainable Development Goals


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  • 2014•11•04     Tokyo

    UNU-IAS has published a new policy brief titled Ending the Double Burden of Malnutrition: Addressing the Food and Health Nexus in the Sustainable Development Goals. The brief was produced by a group of experts from the Sustainability Transformation beyond 2015 (POST2015) project, and led by Dr. Masahiko Iguchi (UNU-IAS).

    This policy brief is the sixth in the POST2015/UNU-IAS Policy Brief Series, which explores governance issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    The brief sets out the following key messages:

    1. While the prevalence of undernourishment will decline by 2030 through efforts by various stakeholders, economic growth alone will not eradicate undernourishment.
    2. Improvement in the economic conditions of individuals and communities may lead to higher risks of obesity unless the issue is appropriately addressed by the SDGs, correlating targets and indicators, and delivering educational programmes to increase health literacy globally.
    3. To progress towards ending the double burden of malnutrition and dealing with undernourishment and obesity, more focus should be placed on eliminating food disparity. Setting an ambitious nutritional distribution disparity target is recommended: to reduce the interquartile range (IQR) of the distribution of calorific intake by 50%.

    The POST2015/UNU-IAS Policy Brief Series is produced by the UNU-IAS project Governance for Sustainable Development, the Earth System Governance project, and the POST2015 project. Future briefs and reports will be published on the UNU-IAS website as they become available.

    For more information about the Governance for Sustainable Development project and the POST2015 project, please contact project leader Prof. Norichika Kanie (kanie@unu.edu).

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