United Nations System
Reports on the World Nutrition Situation (RWNS) ISSN 1810-715X
Reporting on the world nutrition situation is a key element of the SCN's work programme. Editions of this SCN flagship publication are disseminated every two to three years.
Report on the World Nutrition Situation: Nutrition for Improved Development
Outcomes, March 2004. The 5th Report is the result of a partnership
between a Task Force convened by the SCN and the many UN and other agencies
that provided access to data and expertise. The Task Force was composed of
lead authors--Lawrence Haddad (International Food Policy Research
Institute), Jay Ross (LINKAGES/Academy for Education), with contributions
from Arne Oshaug (Akershus University College, Norway), and Liv Elin Torheim
(Akershus University College, Norway); in collaboration with Kathy Kurz
(International Center for Research on Women), Milla McLachlan (World Bank),
Bruce Cogill (USAID/Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance). The 5th Report
continues the tradition of reporting on trends in nutrition throughout the
life cycle and of challenging the nutrition community. But instead of asking
the question: how is nutrition affected by global changes? the 5th
Report asks the question more proactively: how can a nutrition
perspective accelerate the attainment of a comprehensive set of development
goals? Inspired by the commitments made at the Millennium Summit of the
United Nations in September 2000, translated into a series of Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs), the 5th Report makes the case that the role of
nutrition in development goes far beyond providing an indicator of progress
towards the MDGs.
The Fourth Report on the World Nutrition Situation: Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle, January 2000, was produced in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI www.ifpri.org). It is built around the theme nutrition throughout the life cycle. This change was signalled in part by growing evidence of the linkage between foetal undernutrition and chronic disease later in life, as well as new estimates of the global magnitude of growth retardation during foetal life.
The Third Report on the World Nutrition Situation presented trends in stunting for the first time, as well as comprehensive reviews of micronutrient deficiencies and nutrition in emergencies.
Early reports featured regional and global trends in underweight amongst preschool children. These reports can be ordered directly from SCN. Here's how.