Saving SDG2: from innovation to action

The legacy of Covid-19 will live on for decades. The millions of additional children that will be stunted as a result of the pandemic will live lives in worse health, with shorter education and lower incomes.

Recent data from UNICEF  shows that due to the pandemic, 6 to 7 million additional children under the age of 5 will suffer from severe malnutrition in 2020, a 14% rise that will translate into more than 10,000 additional child deaths per month – mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

This raises the question: has the pandemic completely sabotaged the possibility to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030? The goal was ambitious from the start.

Now eliminating global hunger before the end of the decade is a pipe dream. Can we accept that the SDG2 will not be achieved? Two critical Lancet papers (1; 2) have called for increased attention and investment for alleviating hunger, but will this be enough? How long will the international community need to get back on track?

This event, in partnership with LIDC, will bring together a group of international leading experts in nutrition, food systems and health focusing on the SDG2 and its specific targets to further explore what the international community can actively do to tackle these issues.

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Session 1: SDG2, before and after the pandemic (GMT 12:00 – 13:00)

Introduction: Claire Heffernan, Principal Investigator, UKRI GCRF Action Against Stunting Hub

Chair: Bhavani Shankar, Professorial Research Fellow in Food and Health, University of Sheffield

Sandy Thomas, Director of the Global Panel

Saul Morris, Director of Programme Services, GAIN

Timothy James Roberton, Assistant Researcher, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Entertainment lunch break (GMT 13:00 – 13:30) 

Shareefa Energy, poet, writer, author


Session 2: Solutions to save SDG2 (GMT 13:30 – 14:45)

Chair: Claire Heffernan, Principal Investigator, UKRI GCRF Action Against Stunting Hub

Allison Oman, Director, Nutrition Division, WFP

Rose Ndulu Ndolo, Senior Nutrition Programmes Advisor, World Vision UK

Mihretab Salasibew, Director, EME (Child Health & Ethiopia), Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Paul Newnham, Director, SDG2 Advocacy Hub 


Session 3: Workshop, Operationalising and moving forward (GMT 15:15 – 16:15)

Limited space available. The workshop will be interactive.

The workshop aims to discuss policies, advocacy and practical actions that will allow the international community to save SDG2. In particular:

  • Discuss the role of the researchers, policymakers and NGOs in achieving the goal.
  • Share successful examples where the work of actuaries is already contributing towards the goal. Why do they work?
  • Reflect on the barriers that may obstacle the achievement of the goals.
  • Think about who we need to influence to give the SDG.

The workshop will be facilitated by Margaret Bentley, LSHTM.



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Event details

When: 25 February, 2021 - 12:00 pm

Where: Online