Okonjo-Iweala Gets United Nations Job

The United Nations on Tuesday selected Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to participate in a worldwide effort to address child malnutrition.

Okonjo-Iweala and 26 other global leaders were picked for the job by the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban ki-moon.

The UN’s Department of Public Information on Tuesday made the announcement, and appointed 27 individuals which included some heads of state and other reputable individuals to focus on improving nutrition as key to progress in health and development.

The responsibility of the group is to represent countries, organisations and sectors working to improve nutrition, and serve as strategic guides for the global movement, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN), which is committed to advancing the strength and security of nations by improving maternal and child nutrition.

SUN is a global push for action and investment to improve maternal and child nutrition.

“Never before have so many leaders, from so many countries and fields, agreed to work together to improve nutrition,” said the UN scribe, as he explained that “the SUN movement gives all of us, including the UN, an opportunity to support countries in their efforts to end hunger and malnutrition.”

Okonjo-Iweala will be joining the lead group which includes heads of state from countries that have prioritized efforts to scale up nutrition, as well as representatives of the donor, civil society, business and UN system organisations that are aligning resources to help SUN countries drive progress.

The group’s role is to ensure that the countries at the heart of the movement are supported as they work to create tangible and sustainable improvements in nutrition. In addition to providing strategic oversight, the group will help to mobilize support and strengthen both coordination and accountability within the Movement.

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