UNITLIFE was created by UN Women, UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the Government of France, and the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court to leverage innovation and partnerships to protect human capital from malnutrition during the first 1,000 days of a child's life. Despite affecting 1 in 5 children globally (149 million), this type of malnutrition, called chronic malnutrition, lacks both widespread attention and adequate investment.
To solve this global scourge, UNITLIFE became a fully-fledged unique innovative hub enabling businesses across various sectors to shape sustainable solutions to ensure mothers have the means to provide their children with long-term good nutrition.
People are the world’s most important resource, yet malnutrition during the first 1,000 days of life limits human capabilities and reduces current investment impact in the future.
With only US$2 a day, you can help us provide a mother with a full day of nutritious food.
That is under the moderate scenario. With losses of income, nutritious foods - often the most expensive - are the first to be cut out of family diets.Learn more
Youth leaders across the world are delighted that UNITLIFE will join the Act4Food Act4Change campaign to raise awareness about the need for youth to play a major role in food systems transformations
Check out the highlights from our live stream with @LyeGaia and @MadaraLeMal
UNITLIFE Event Series III
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The project will sustainably improve the nutrition of 283,000+ people.
UNITLIFE is the United Nations initiative fighting chronic malnutrition through innovation. UNITLIFE raises funds through innovative finance mechanisms. UNITLIFE invests in nutritious food systems, women's empowerment and climate-smart agriculture.
Firstly, we engage the private sector and leverage innovative finance mechanisms (such as micro-donations, public-private partnerships and market-based transactions) to bring additional resources for the fight against chronic malnutrition, complementing important but yet insufficient domestic resources and official development assistance. Read about one of UNITLIFE's innovative partnerships.
Secondly, as part of our projects we aim to enable women to have access to tools & technologies, market information, financial literacy to allow them to increase their income and autonomy.
Thirdly, innovation is shaping the future of agriculture and is also a lever to reduce inequalities and develop opportunities while contributing to the UN SDG Agenda.
Chronic malnutrition significantly reduces the opportunities for children to reach their full potential to be able to lift themselves out of poverty. Affected children are unable to learn as well as their peers at school and on average earn 20% less in adulthood. Today, 1 in 5 children are affected by the disease.
Chronically malnourished children suffer irreversible consequences on their physical and brain development. They also have a weaker immune system and are therefore 5 times more likely to die before the age of five.
One of the most effective ways to protect the human capital of the next generations is to prevent chronic malnutrition. Learn more about chronic malnutrition.
Read the position of the President of UNITLIFE on the business case of investing in chronic malnutrition prevention.