Re: The e-Consultation on Hunger, Food and Nutrition Security

Save the Children International (Liam Crosby), United Kingdom

To motivate further progress the goals that feature in the post 2015 framework must be embedded in global systems that will expedite their achievement. There will need to be stronger accountability mechanisms next time around, at local, national and global levels. Save the Children proposes that three accompanying mechanisms could support a framework that successfully operates at these levels: national financing strategies; a robust international accountability mechanism and a data investment fund.

It is essential that the goals are time-bound to ensure accountability for progress. The goals and targets that we propose below are achievable “within our lifetime”, i.e. by 2030.

In many countries with high levels of food insecurity and malnutrition, progress is predicated by a range of international factors such as food price volatility, international trade rules, and other countries’ subsidies and mandates, meaning that to be credible, some policy indicators will also need to be international. As such, the post-2015 framework will need to be broad enough to ensure action at international level as well as the national level.

Save the Children proposes that the post 2015 framework should include a goal to eradicate hunger, halve stunting, and ensure universal access to sustainable food, water and sanitation.

In particular, this goal should be underpinned by the following global targets:

  • Eradicate hunger; halve stunting and malnutrition rates among children.
  • Directly link sustainable food production and distribution systems to nutrition targets.
  • Ensure everybody in the world has access to adequate, safe and environmentally sustainable water facilities within 1 km of their home, and in all schools and health facilities.
  • Ensure everybody in the world has access to basic sanitation within 1km of their home, along with sanitation in all schools and hospitals.