Clinton calls for better nutrition for children

12:49, September 22, 2010      

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Tuesday for better nutrition for children, especially those who are two years old and younger.

Clinton made the plea when she hosted an event, named "1,000 Days: Change a life, Change the Future", with Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin at the InterContinental hotel in New York City. The event, co-sponsored by the two countries, is designed to address the problem of child undernutrition.

Clinton said the first 1,000 days of a child's life, starting from mothers' pregnancy until a child is 2 years old, has the biggest impact on his or her future, but hundreds of millions of them are still out of reach of sufficient nutrition.

She said parties involved in this initiative are ready for partnership to provide nutrition to those in need.

But Clinton stressed that despite donors' strong commitment on this issue, capacity-building to implement the program should be the focus.

The success of this initiative should be measured "not by the resources we spent, but the results we achieve," she said.

Other leaders also attended the event, including Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda, Sam Kuteesa.

The impact of poor nutrition in a child's first 1,000 days is lasting and irreversible, with effects reaching beyond health to affect cognitive development, educational achievement and economic opportunities, according to the website of the event.

For example, undernutrition is an underlying cause of 3.5 million maternal and child deaths each year, said the website.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:赵晨雁)

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