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One of the main events of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Global Gathering was the SUN Global Village where member countries of the SUN Movement, SUN Networks, and key partners showcase their progress, achievements, and innovations in scaling up nutrition.

The SUN Global Village was inaugurated during the opening ceremony held in 4 November.

The Philippines, a member of the SUN Movement since 2014, featured recently approved legislations, tools, and models to address the alarming nutrition problem in the country.

Image sunGG articleThe Philippine team was composed of the Executive Director of the National Nutrition Council and Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Government Focal Point Dr. Azucena Milana-Dayanghirang, Nutrition Program Coordinator of Region VII Parolita Mission representing the subnational NNC, Dr. Amado Parawan of Save the Children representing the SUN Civil Society Alliance, Ms. Maria Evelyn Carpio of UNICEF representing the Philippine SUN UN Network, Mr. Racky Doctor of Nutridense Food, and Ms. Arlene Ruiz of the National Economic and Development Authority.

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The Scaling Up Nutrition Global Gathering (SUNGG) is the flagship event of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement that brings together SUN Government Focal Points and members from their multi- stakeholder platforms. In this gathering, participants shared progress, experiences and insights on how nutrition and multi-stakeholder partnerships can accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Previously, the SUN Movement Global Gatherings have been held in New York (2013), Rome (2014), Milan (2015), and in Abidjan (2017). This year, the SUNGG was held in Kathmandu, Nepal on 4–7 November 2019. The theme of this year’s SUN Global Gathering is “Nourishing People and Planet Together,” acknowledging that globalization, urbanization, inequities, humanitarian crises and climate shocks are driving unprecedented negative changes in people’s nutrition around the world.

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MANILA I The National Nutrition Council in partnership with Department of Health and UNICEF Philippines held a three-day multisectoral forum and workshop entitled “MAPS: Multisectoral Actions to Prevent Stunting: A Multisectoral Forum, Mid-term Review and Updating of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022” on 02-04 October 2019 in Manila.

“We are at the midpoint of the implementation of the PPAN for 2017 to 2022, and it is time for self-checks. How are we doing, in terms of stunting prevention? Programs need continuous, consistent measurements, as “what gets measured, gets done.” Whatever has not been done, now is the time to get back on the mill to get it done.”, said DOH Assistant Secretary for Public Health Services Team Dr. Maria Rosario S. Vergeire in her opening message.

The three-day activity was conducted to provide the forum for exchange of new evidence, joint valuation of PPAN progress and multisectoral planning for the remaining years of PPAN 2017-2022. As an input to the mid-term review and updating of the PPAN, 2017-2022, results of recent researches relevant to addressing malnutrition, in particular, stunting were presented to the 150 attendees. The participants came from national government agencies, local and international non-government organizations, academe, regional level government agencies, and LGU representatives from PPAN focus provinces.