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SCN NEWS

A PERIODIC REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN INTERNATIONAL NUTRITION COMPILED FROM INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO THE ACC/SCN

UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM'S FORUM ON NUTRITION

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE ON COORDINATION

SUB-COMMITTEE ON NUTRITION

Number 18, July 1999

THE UN SYSTEM'S FORUM FOR NUTRITION SUB-COMMITTEE ON NUTRITION
(ACC/SCN)

The Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC), which is comprised of the heads of the UN Agencies, recommended the establishment of the Sub-Committee on Nutrition (SCN) in 1977, following the World Food Conference (with particular reference to Resolution V on food and nutrition). This was approved by the Economic and Social Council of the UN (ECOSOC). The UN members of the SCN are the ADB, FAO, IAEA, IFAD, ILO, UN, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCHR, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNRISD, UNU, WFP, WHO and the World Bank. From the outset, representatives of bilateral donor agencies have participated actively in SCN activities. The Secretariat is hosted by WHO in Geneva.

The role of the SCN is to serve as a coordinating mechanism for the exchange of information and technical guidance, and to act dynamically to help the UN respond to nutritional problems around the world. The SCN sponsors several working groups in specialized areas of nutrition. The SCN holds annual sessions which are attended by representatives from the appropriate UN Agencies, 10 to 20 donor agencies, and NGOs. These meetings begin with symposia on subjects of current importance for policy. The SCN brings certain such matters to the attention of the ACC. The SCN compiles and disseminates information on nutrition. Reports on the world nutrition situation are periodically issued and external resources to address nutrition problems are assessed. Nutrition Policy Papers are produced to summarize current knowledge on selected topics. SCN News is published biannually, and the RNIS quarterly. As decided by the Sub-Committee, initiatives are taken to promote coordinated activities - inter-agency programmes, meetings, publications - aimed at reducing malnutrition, primarily in developing countries.

SCN NEWS provides information on issues of importance in the field of international nutrition. All manuscripts submitted for consideration are peer-reviewed, although publication is not guaranteed. Overall editorial control is retained by the SCN Secretariat. Every effort is made to ascertain the validity of the information contained in SCN publications. Contributing authors are responsible for the accuracy of references. Manuscript guidelines are available. Items published by the SCN Secretariat do not imply endorsement of views given, nor necessarily the official positions taken by the SCN and its member agencies. The status of quotes and other material is generally indicated in the text and/or sources.

© UN ACC Sub-Committee on Nutrition, 1999

Readers are encouraged to review, abstract, reproduce or translate this document in part or in whole, but as copyright holder, the UN ACC/SCN Secretariat requests due acknowledgement. Use other than for educational or non-commercial purposes requires explicit prior authorization in writing from the ACC/SCN Secretariat. Original illustrations are the sole property of ACC/SCN.

SCN News Editor: Judith Pojda, PhD

Cover Illustration: R Michaluk, AGL Prod. all other illustrations: L Barrett

SCN NEWS is issued in July and December each year by the Secretariat of the UN ACC Sub-Committee on Nutrition. Your contributions to future issues are most welcome. If you wish to receive additional copies of SCN NEWS, or would like to suggest other names to be added to our distribution list, please write to us or visit our website at: http://www.unsystem.org/accscn/

Chairman: Richard Jolly
Special Advisor to the Administrator
United Nations Development Programme
One United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017, USA
Telephone: 1 212 906 5764, Fax: 1 212 906 6661
EMail: Richard.Jolly@undp.org

Technical Secretary: Sonya Rabeneck
ACC/SCN c/o World Health Organization
20, Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland
Telephone: 1 41-22 791 04 56, Fax: 1 41-22 798 88 91
EMail: accscn@who.ch

We gratefully acknowledge funding assistance from the
Government of the Netherlands and USAID
for the preparation and printing of this issue of SCN NEWS.