António Guterres, the Secretary-general of the United Nations has appointed two Nigerians, Aliko Dangote and Akinwumi Adesina, Africa’s richest man and the president of the African Development Bank respectively alongside 25 other persons as global leaders, who would head the war against global malnutrition.
In a statement released by the UN Gen Sec initiative, Scaling Up Nutrition SUN Movement, Akinwunmi, Dangote and others are a problem solver who is determined to ensure malnutrition is eradicated and will make available some inspiration and moves for the SUN Movement and its mission in putting an end to malnutrition.
According to the SUN movement, it was disclosed that at least one in three people are the victim of malnutrition all over the world which implies 149 million girls and boys are denied.
Their assignment is to assist country-led efforts to improve nutrition and to grant for girls, boys and their families to ensure a world free from malnutrition by 2030.
“The members of the Lead Group have been appointed until July 2021 and include several Vice Presidents of SUN member countries and other leaders from the array of partners engaged in the SUN Movement – civil society, youth coalitions, international and United Nations organisations, donor agencies, businesses and foundations.
“During the annual meeting of the Lead Group which is expected to on 24 September, the decision on the continuation of the SUN Movement programme into its third phases (2021-2025) and promote diligence towards reaching its target.”
The UN secretary-general launched the SUN Movement in 2010. Below is the full list of the new appointees to eradicate malnutrition:
1. Akinwumi ADESINA (Nigeria), President, African Development Bank
2. Manal AL ALEM (Jordan), Chef
3. Reem Ebrahim AL-HASHIMI (UAE), Cabinet Member and Minister of State for International Cooperation
4. Mercedes ARÁOZ FERNÁNDEZ (Peru), Vice-President, Republic of Peru
5. Inger ASHING (SWEDEN), CEO, Save the Children International
6. Cherrie ATILANO (Philippines), Founder and CEO, Agrea Agricultural Systems Internaional Inc.
7.Alicia BÁRCENA IBARRA, (Mexico) Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
8. David BEASLEY (USA) Executive Director, World Food Programme
9. Martin CHUNGONG (Cameroon), Secretary-General, Inter-Parliamentary Union
10. Josefa Leonel CORREIA SACKO (Angola), Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission
11. Aliko DANGOTE (Nigeria) Chairman and CEO, Dangote Group
12. Annette DIXON (New Zealand) Vice President of Human Development, World Bank
13. Chris ELIAS (United States of America) President of Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
14. Shenggen FAN (China), Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
15. Henrietta H. FORE (USA) Executive Director, UNICEF and Chair of the SUN Movement Lead Group
16. Sophie HEALY-THOW (Ireland), Youth Leader
17. Daniel KABLAN DUNCAN, (Côte d’Ivoire), Vice President Côte d’Ivoire
18. Monica Katebe MUSONDA (Zambia), Founder and CEO, Java Foods
19. Jakaya KIKWETE (Tanzania) Former President United Republic of Tanzania, Kikwete Foundation
20. Shinichi KITAOKA (Japan), President Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
21.Maryam MONSEF (Canada), Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, Canada
22. David NABARRO (United Kingdom), Sustainable Development Facilitator, 4SD
23. Sania NISHTAR (Pakistan), Founder and President, Heartfile Foundation
24. Inia SERUIRATU (Fiji), Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fiji
25. Feike SIJBESMA (The Netherlands), CEO, Royal Dutch DSM
26. Gunhild Anker STORDALEN (Norway), Founder and President, EAT Foundation
27. Gerda VERBURG (The Netherlands), UN Assistant Secretary-General and Coordinator of the SUN Movement