Dili, 14 December 2021 (TDI): Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak of Timor-Leste attended the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit 2021, hosted by Japan.

Whilst addressing the Summit, Taur Matan pledged to end all forms of malnutrition. He stated that vulnerable groups were the top priorities of the Timorese government, especially women and children.

Furthermore, he committed 37 million dollars to guarantee that each priority is met to boost Infant and young child feeding (IYCF) as well as maternal health.

Moreover, the Timorese Prime Minister committed that his government will endeavor to track spending on nutrition-specific and sensitive interventions.

Tokyo Nutrition for Growth 

The Tokyo Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit was held on December 7-8, 2021. The platform provided a unique historic opportunity to change the way the world tackles the global challenge of malnutrition.

The Summit came at a critical time, in the middle of the United Nations (UN) Decade of Action on Nutrition, with only five years left to achieve the World Health Assembly (WHA) targets on maternal, IYCF nutrition, along with 10 years to reach the SDGs.

It gathered leaders from civil society, governments, the private sector, the donor community, and other sectors to secure new pledges focusing on diets (food systems), food, and resilience to transform how the world addresses nutrition along with driving progress toward Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UK Government held the first N4G Summit alongside the 2013 London Olympics. It is a symbol of strength, health, and human capital. The 2013 Summit assembled 100 stakeholders who announced pledges for nutrition-specific projects and nutrition-sensitive projects.

As a result, a precedence was set for impactful and coordinated commitments on nutrition from civil society, governments, donors, and the private sector.