So it makes absolute sense that ending hunger and malnutrition is a major goal of any long-term world development plan. Good nutrition is a driver of development and of economic growth.
Addressing malnutrition will save lives, reduce inequalities, and build strong and resilient individuals, families, communities, and populations.
It is vital to ensuring the other 16 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are met.
Long road ahead
But we must remember that September is just the beginning of what will be a long and extremely challenging 15-year journey.
To produce the life-saving results we all crave, immediate, and in many cases a dramatic upscale of, action is needed from all nations.
Meeting the SDGs’ hunger and undernutrition targets will mean countries need to dramatically accelerate their action across multiple sectors, including: health, water, sanitation and hygiene, agriculture, education and women’s empowerment.