First meeting of the expert advisory group of the NIPN initiative

An Expert Advisory Group of 16 members from UN agencies, international NGOs and research organisations has been constituted to provide guidance on the technical and political dimensions of designing a multi-sectoral platform for analysing nutrition-related information. The group met for the first time in September in Montpellier, France, where the Global Support Facility is based. On this occasion, critical reflections, advice and support to guide the next stages were provided. It was acknowledged that the NIPN is an ambitious initiative, which benefits will not be immediate but felt in phases over time. But the process of engagement is as important as the outputs, through the facilitation of closer collaborative work across sectors and stakeholders in the countries, with a view to the longer-term sustainability of the platforms.