The first lady of the republic, Gabriela de Bukele, was named a new member of the Leading Group of the Movement for the Promotion of Nutrition (Scaling Up Nutrition [SUN]), which is promoted by the United Nations Organization and consists of a global collaborative platform aimed at reducing all forms of malnutrition in children, with an emphasis on the first 1,000 days of life.
It is currently made up of 65 countries, of which seven are from Latin America, to make the vision of a world without hunger or malnutrition a reality. The first lady received this recognition thanks to her professional experience, her work, and her strong commitment to the well-being and comprehensive development of children and adolescents.
The first meeting of the 2022-2024 board with the new global leaders took place yesterday in New York. Among the high-level officials and businessmen, such as the first lady, Gabriela de Bukele, are Catherine M. Russell, executive director of Unicef and president of the board, from the United States; Ingir Ashing, CEO of Save the Children International, from Sweden; and Josefa Leonel Correia, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development of the African Union Commission, from Angola, among others.
«We are also working on the subject of nutrition in schools to bring the focus closer to families, so that children can take their learning on this subject home,» the first lady explained. In addition, Gabriela de Bukele explained that before in El Salvador, nutrition was not prioritized. However, in the government of President Bukele, a clear route is being developed to promote nutrition during pregnancy and lactation. «We have the mothers and we can work on their nutrition during pregnancy so they can feed their babies. This leads us to another very important consideration: learning how to eat and learning what we should eat», explained Gabriela de Bukele.
It should be noted that all the members of the Leading Group have a fundamental role within the movement in the search for solutions to achieve this goal. In addition, they must inspire people to carry out the necessary transformations in each of the sectors that make up the countries, convening others and generating sustainable changes through inclusion and equity.