The 72nd UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) convened at the United Nations Headquarters. On the Monday 18th September 2017 session, The Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) for Every Woman, Every Child, Every Adolescent launched its 2017 Report titled Transformative Accountability for Adolescents. The report issues an urgent appeal for strategic investments in 10 to 19-year old’s in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The IAP, is a fully independent body mandated by the UN Secretary-General to assess progress on the 2016-2030 Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health in the context of the SDGs from the specific lens of who is accountable to whom, and for what. Graҫa Machel, in her capacity as Chair of PMNCH Board, and Member of the High-Level Steering Group for Every Woman, Every Child spoke at the panel and affirmed that “Accountability is the best innovation for how the global community can commit and deliver,…a tool for fast-tracking progress…and to help us meet our promises”.Read more on report here [http://www.iapreport.org/]
Despite the rapid and significant progress we have made across Africa in recent decades, significant challenges of diet-related premature death, poor development and disease remain. The risk that inadequate diets pose to mortality and morbidity worldwide is now greater than the combined risks of unsafe sex, alcohol, drug and tobacco use. In Mozambique, 43 percent of children under five are stunted due to chronic illness and poor diets. Only one out of every 10 children under two receive the sufficient nutrients they need to be able to grow and develop to their full potential. In neighbouring South Africa, as with many other countries around the world, rates of obesity and diet-related chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure are on the rise. While some countries such as Mozambique currently have relatively low levels of overweight and obesity, there is a growing threat in the future of a malnutrition ‘triple burden’, where undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies co-exist with obesity and the associated diet-related non- communicable diseases.