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Provide input on how business can support children in emergencies

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Marie McGrath


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2 Jul 2016, 19:33

UNICEF and the UN Global Compact are collaborating on the development of guidance for business to protect and support children’s rights and well-being before, during and after humanitarian crises. The draft guidance document has been launched for public consultation.

The guidance document has been developed drawing on research commissioned by UNICEF in late 2015 which included extensive desk research and analysis, more than 100 interviews with stakeholders, technical advice from experts, as well as two surveys.

Businesses and other stakeholders are called upon to provide feedback on the draft by responding to a questionnaire by 8 July 2016.

Access the draft guidance, link to the questionnaire form to complete, concept note (to learn more about the project and its objectives) online.

UNICEF and the UN Global Compact are also looking for examples of business policies, practices, projects or initiatives developed to address children in humanitarian crises. A selection of these examples will be included in the final publication. Information all available at the link above.

The final guidance document will be released in September 2016.

For further information on the consultation, please email: childreninemergencies[at]

Sally Etheridge

IBCLC; secretary LCGB

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3 Jul 2016, 12:02

I'm very surprised and a little dismayed that UNICEF and UN Global Compact are holding this questionnaire during the last week of Ramadan and when Eid is beeing celebrated by many who may well wish to contribute to this consultation. I have colleagues who would like to contribute, but may find it very difficult this week. Could this be fed back?

Marie McGrath


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3 Jul 2016, 17:28

Dear Sally,
Thanks for highlighting this. We've passed these concerns on to the UNICEF team and I'm sure they'll respond.

Best regards

Everlyn Matiri

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4 Jul 2016, 05:21

In strengthening our knowledge in working across thematic sectors with different partners, particularly the private sector, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is bringing together members of the private sector, NGOs, academia and donor community in the Integrated Nutrition Conference to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from November 14-16, 2016 to learn from and share experiences in "Responding with the Private Sector for Greater Nutrition Impact". Global leaders in the areas of nutrition, water and sanitation, agriculture, health and early childhood, education, and gender will come together to share tools, technologies, practices, business models, and partnership strategies for improving nutritional outcomes of vulnerable populations. It will be interesting to share some of the learning's' from this conference in the UNICEF report.

Michael B. Krawinkel

Prof. / Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany

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4 Jul 2016, 12:00

As I had an opportunity to speak about public-private partnerships at a Partnership Event of the Agri-Food Network in Rome on April 26, 2016 I share with you what the conference report took up from my talk. The full pdf is available on request by email (Krawinkelfb09.uni-giessen).
'Food and nutrition security are prerequisites for food sovereignty i.e. allowing people to not only cover their nutritional and nutrient needs but to enjoy their right to food and consume a healthy and balanced diet. Nutrient focussed products can contribute
to but cannot define nutrition. And besides the known deficiencies caloric overconsumption causing obesity and chronic non-communicable diseases have developed into a double burden of malnutrition globally.
Overcoming the nutrition challenges will require partnerships that improve people‘s knowledge on nutrition and support the utilization of locally available resources, i.e. access to diverse foods and rational use of supplements and fortified foods.
Public private partnerships can contribute to improving household food security including access to diverse foods and people‘s knowledge on nutrition. They may support the utilization of locally available resources and improve the rational use of supplements and fortified foods, e.g. iodized salt and folate supplement during early pregnancy
The challenge beyond food security is to assist people in eating a diet with less sugar, less salt and less fat. The future of nutrition lies in diets rich in vegetables and fruits. Specific nutriceutical effects of vegetables are widely underestimated, e.g.bitter gourd.
For effective partnerships partners need to be open minded for public and commercial approaches to overcome the nutrition challenges. Politicians and administrators must provide the necessary regulations and strengthen small and medium entreprises
Commercial producers and traders may let the nutrition challenges as felt by the public drive their business and avoid commercialization of malnutrition.
Communication skills are much better developed in the private sector and may be shared with the public and non-governmental partners.'

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