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Publication | 5 June 2019

Action plan on nutrition: First progress report July 2014 - March 2016

Recent years have seen an unprecedented increase in momentum aimed at reducing the number of children affected by undernutrition. Tackling undernutrition has become a political concern and an economic imperative as well as a development priority. The European Union (EU) has been actively engaged throughout —helping to put undernutrition on the agenda and to tackle it. In doing so, the EU has set itself some extremely ambitious, but achievable, targets to combat undernutrition globally: - In August 2012 at the Global Hunger Event, the EU made a policy commitment to support countries in reducing the number of stunted children under the age of five by at least 7 million by 2025; - In June 2013 at the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) high-level meeting, the EU made a financial commitment to spend EUR 3.5 billion between 2014 and 2020 on nutrition interventions to help reduce stunting. These commitments are institutionalised within the EU’s policy framework on nutrition. The following documents set out the essential elements: The 2013 Commission Communication Enhancing Maternal and Child Nutrition in External Assistance (COM(2013) 141 final, the associated Council conclusions; and the 2014 Action Plan on Nutrition: Reducing the number of stunted children under five by 7 million by 2025 (SWD(2014) 234 final, which operationalises the policy and was welcomed and supported by the European Council of 18 December 2014.