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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL ― On August 4th, on the eve of the 2016 Summer Olympics, the Brazilian government, supported by the United Kingdom and Japan, brought together key nutrition and development players from around the world in Rio de Janeiro to call attention to one of the most underfunded issues on the development agenda: malnutrition.

The Rio Nutrition for Growth (N4G) event was an opportunity to review and highlight progress made since the first N4G summit in London in 2013, where governments, donors, civil society and the private sector pledged $23bn and made commitments to take urgent action on nutrition. Following this first N4G summit, governments committed to meet at the Rio Olympics, report on progress and make further commitments to help bring about an end to malnutrition.

The Micronutrient Initiative (MI) is pleased to see that support is building for greater investments in nutrition, thanks to the leadership of several governments.

The International Coalition for Advocacy on Nutrition (ICAN), a group of organizations working to improve policies and scale up global investments in nutrition – including MI – and its partners are calling on the next hosts of the 2017 G-7 summit to seize the opportunity to lead the next N4G pledging moment, inviting Heads of State from around the world to make ambitious policy and financial commitments to scale up efforts to end malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.