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Call-to-action summary: 

Our call-to-action this month highlights the unparalleled malnutrition crisis threatening the lives of millions of women and children in low-and-middle income countries and calls for urgent action to avert the looming disaster and protect their health, rights, and dignity. 

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: a head of a government department

To make sure our campaigns are successful, we often work in coalition with allied organizations to amplify shared asks. UNICEF Canada is launching a 4-week advocacy campaign from November 9-December 7, leading up to the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit to showcase public support for nutrition. The goals of this campaign are: 

  1. To ensure nutrition is well-positioned within Canada’s international development agenda.  
  2. To showcase sector and public support for nutrition, and to ensure that Canada makes a strong commitment at the N4G Summit to address the current malnutrition crisis and help prevent wasting.
  3. To lay the groundwork for increased nutrition allocation within Canada's Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding framework.  

As part of the campaign, UNICEF is creating a letter that you can send to the new Minister of International Development, Harjit Sajjan. The letter calls for increased support and funding towards nutrition at the N4G Summit.

  1. Visit the campaign’s landing page.
  2. Read the letter addressed to the Minister of International Development.
  3. Sign the letter and click ‘Send’ to submit it to the Minister’s Office. 
  4. Do not forget to share the link to the letter with your network (using #InvestInNutrition and #Canada4Results on social media) and ask them to do the same.

See all our resources to learn more about our call-to-action, along with key dates, hashtags, tags and keywords found on our call-to-action page.

You’re making a difference; you do have an impact. You should know that we are listening and we need you in order to pursue the kinds of things that need to happen. We need that constituency base behind us to be able to do that.

- MP Anita Vandenbeld
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