Speeches

Remarks by the Executive Director at the High-level meeting on Scaling up Nutrition (SUN), UNGA, New York

Delivered on: 27 September 2012

Movements Work

Movements work. I am the product of a movement: I am the second generation from a share cropper. It was not because of architectures at the global level that I stand here now as the Executive Director of WFP. It was because of work that happened in communities to ensure that women had access to food, that education was available, that opportunities were available to provide for education, doors were opened to make a difference in the lives of who? People. That's what this is about. After robust dialogue with the Heads of the other UN organizations we have agreed that our focus should be where it belongs: on the people we serve. Not on structural architecture, not on policy architectures, not on new Global Frameworks. You heard what everyone is going to do, you heard what each of the Agencies is going to do to move this Movement forward individually.  What we are committed to do collectively, is to knit up at country level, to collaborate, to measure results and outcomes, measure results and outcomes I repeat, to hold each other accountable to perform the work for those we serve. To use the SCN to support that work on the ground, to make the SCN not exclusive to the four agencies, but to all the UN agencies who are addressing the issues of nutrition. If we can hold to this promise and we are committed to doing that, we will, as the UN agencies, take this movement forward and do our part to ensure that we can achieve the goals of the SUN movement.Thank you.