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'Meeting Post-MDG Challenges: Integrating Nutrition and Child Development Interventions'
Date:2/6/2014

NEW YORK, February 6, 2014Today The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences and UNICEF host a launch event for Every Child's Potential: Integrating Early Childhood Development and Nutrition Interventionsa special volume of Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. The event focuses on how to optimize and integrate two highly complementary fields: nutrition and child development.

Held at UNICEF headquarters, the event brings together diplomats, policy-makers, and researchers from key institutions with an interest and investment in furthering children's optimal survival, growth, and development. The event comes a day after the 8th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development, which met to shape the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals.

International experts in nutrition and childhood development will present talks on the current state of evidence in integrating interventions (an assessment of overall effectiveness, factors in the success or failure of such interventions, and strategies to bring such interventions to scale), as well as the need to consider early childhood development in the post-2015 development agenda.

Speakers include Dr. Pia Britto (UNICEF), Dr. Mandana Arabi (The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science), Dr. Rafael Perez-Escamilla (Yale University), Dr. Jane Lucas (consultant at the World Health Organization), Lucy Sullivan (1,000 days), Annals volume editors Dr. Maureen Black (University of Maryland) and Dr. Kathryn Dewey (University of California at Davis), and Annals authors Dr. Michael Georgieff (University of Minnesota), Dr. Sally McGregor (The University College of London), and Dr. Aisha Yousafzai (Aga Khan University). Welcome remarks will be provided by Dr. Nicholas Alipui (UNICEF) and Dr. Werner Schultink (UNICEF).

As World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan points out in her opening Annals commentary ("Investing in earl
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Contact: Diana Friedman
dfriedman@nyas.org
212-298-8645
New York Academy of Sciences
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