SMART Commitment GNR Hotline

The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), held in Rome in November 2014, and its Framework for Action affirmed and stimulated governments’ commitment to ending hunger and malnutrition in all its forms. Building on that momentum, plans are well underway for a potentially landmark Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and the formulation of a strong compact for nutrition.

The Global Nutrition Report is an independent accountability mechanism for progress and action on nutrition. As an accountability mechanism, we call on governments, international agencies, external funders, civil society organizations, and businesses, including Signatories of the 2013 N4G Compact, to improve accountability by:

1. Implementing the N4G commitments and fully reporting on progress of implementation to the Global Nutrition Report team for publication in 2016.
2. Revising, or making additional SMART and ambitious commitments at the 2016 N4G Rio Summit. Commitments from existing and new signatories should have the aim of achieving the WHA global nutrition targets by 2025 and, in line with the SDGs, ending malnutrition by 2030. They should be aligned with the ICN2 Rome Declaration on Nutrition and Framework for Action.

In addition, governments should establish national nutrition targets, based on the World Health Organization (WHO) global targets to improve maternal, infant, and young child nutrition, and on the nutrition-related targets of WHO’s global monitoring framework for non-communicable diseases. Countries should follow up these target commitments with stronger monitoring.

Of most relevance to the Global Nutrition Report is that commitments be SMART: if commitments are not SMART, it is very challenging to monitor them. That is, to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound.

In light of this call, the Global Nutrition Report team is making itself available to provide assistance to those who would like to “SMARTen” new or revised commitments in 2016. If we at the GNR are pushing for SMART commitments and actions, it is only fair to provide assistance on what we consider SMART commitments! We are therefore providing a “hotline” to provide assistance leading up to the Rio N4G meeting. We will also be providing a SMART commitment guideline that will be available February 1, 2016,

SMART2The hotline will open January 15th. Just email us at, and we will respond to your requests whether it is to help craft, edit, improve or get feedback on your commitment statements.

Do not hesitate to reach out to us, we are here to assist!

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For information on N4G 2016 progress reporting, click here.