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World Vision CEO to meet with global business leaders in Davos to encourage new models for tackling a child undernutrition crisis

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Lauren Fisher

Davos, SWITZERLAND (January 23, 2013)World Vision International Chief Executive Kevin Jenkins will meet with global leaders in business and humanitarian development at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week to explore new models for tackling a child nutrition crisis.

At a high level session on nutrition, moderated by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, Jenkins will be joined by Executive Director of the World Food Program, Ertharin Cousin; UN Special Representative on Food Security and Nutrition, David Nabarro; CEO of Unilever, Paul Polman; and CEO of Royal DSM, Feike Sijbesma.

The panel session at 43rd World Economic Forum will discuss how best to harness the expertise and innovation of development organizations, the private sector, governments and academia, in order to address undernutrition and stunting.

“Particularly in this period of economic insecurity, it’s critical we act to break the cycle of poverty by improving child nutrition,” says Jenkins. “To prevent children becoming physically and developmentally stunted in the years ahead, it’s necessary to examine opportunities for greater collaboration and innovation across all sectors of society, including business, government and humanitarian development.”

The session will also examine the success of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement, and discuss recommendations that nutrition play a key role as a global economic determinant at the upcoming G20 and G8 summits.

Undernutrition is a contributor to over one third of preventable child deaths. Poor nutrition leads to poor general health: reduced immunity to common illnesses, less resilience to withstand their effects, and less time between falling ill and dying of preventable causes. The opposite is also true, that good nutrition leads to a greater resilience to diseases.

What: High-Level Session on Nutrition
Where: World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
When: January 24, 7-9 a.m. (local time)

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