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Open letter to Hillary Clinton

I recently met with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a meeting in Washington DC. We were both there to speak about nutrition for mothers and children in the world’s poorest countries. The meeting highlighted important developments in nutrition, including the Scaling Up Nutrition framework.

Nutrition framework

This framework highlights the importance of good nutrition during the 1,000 days between pregnancy and a child reaching two years of age. Its objective is to improve maternal and child health and reduce malnutrition. This in itself would be a giant step towards overcoming poverty. But in order to make this a reality, we need G20 countries to commit to this cause.

Why should they commit?

The number of dead, and permanently-damaged, children resulting from basic undernutrition in the world’s poorest countries is unacceptable, and avoidable. The 1,000 Days partnership between the US and Ireland underscores our agreed sense of urgency and priority-setting in this area.

Open letter

Following the recent meeting in Washington DC, I wrote an open letter to Hillary Clinton. In it, I expressed my admiration for the work she has done with child nutrition and appealed for her continued commitment to this issue. Read the full letter.

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