The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Secretariat plays a coordination and facilitative role for the SUN Movement in order to improve nutrition outcomes in developing countries, particularly for women and children under five, in the 61 member countries and states. It also tracks the SUN Movement’s successes, and seeks to ensure that SUN countries receive the support they need to achieve their nutrition objectives. This project supports the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Secretariat. The SUN Movement is a global convening mechanism for stakeholders in global nutrition with the aim to reduce the prevalence of malnutrition. It includes 61 countries and 4 Indian States that are leading a global movement to end malnutrition in all its forms. The main function of the SUN Movement Secretariat is to coordinate efforts within the SUN Movement, and ensure that SUN countries receive the support they need to achieve their nutrition objectives. The work of the Secretariat is guided by the vision of the SUN Lead Group, members of which are high-level leaders committed to nutrition. Project activities include: (1) supporting the SUN Movement Secretariat Programme of Work, as indicated in their 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, to ensure the transition to Phase III of SUN for several key areas of work including: support to SUN countries; liaison with various networks, the Lead Group and the Executive Committee; communication and advocacy; and monitoring and evaluation; (2) supporting the completion of the Strategic Review, and the drafting/implementation of the 2021-2025 Strategic Plan which works to make recommendations on the vision, strategy, capabilities and structure of the next phase of the Movement (2021-2025); and (3) convening a process to ensure the SUN pooled fund is fit for purpose and contributes to the delivery of the SUN Strategy 3.0. The pooled fund is a source of grant funding to support in-country activities at the national and subnational levels to scale up nutrition. The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) administers the SUN pooled fund and grants.
The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased capacity of SUN Movement Stewardship to fulfill their responsibilities to guide the movement; (2) increased attention by all SUN countries to the most vulnerable populations, including women and girls, in policy and budget management cycles; (3) increased use by all SUN countries of peer-to-peer exchanges, including on issues related to specific contextual challenges and opportunities, and enhanced responsiveness and timeliness of technical and financial support to all SUN countries; and (4) better coordinated contribution of all SUN Movement stakeholders to the broader development agenda to improve its coherence and relevance for nutrition.