The Covid-19 crisis put our capacity to the test, while at the same time it has also provided an opportunity to trailblaze innovative approaches for effective collaboration with other sectors/clusters and active engagement of partners at the global and regional level. The need to strengthen the GNC commitments to key agendas like the Humanitarian Development Nexus, accountability to affected populations and localization had already been well recognized in the previous GNC strategy (2017-2021) and is further developed in the current strategy (2022-2025).

In recent years, the GNC has more than doubled the number of countries benefiting from direct support and has drastically increased the availability and open access to its guidance, tools and technical expertise. The GNC collective’s commitment and determination during the ongoing COVID-19 response has been widely recognized as a positive model by humanitarian and development partners, in Nutrition and other sectors.

The GNC strategy for 2022- 2025, underscores the continued commitment by all GNC partners and by UNICEF as Cluster Lead Agency, to ensure quality, rights-based and context-specific nutrition programming and coordination, informed by evidence and innovation.

Based on the review, analysis and feedback from our partners, the changes in the humanitarian environment due to COVID-19, and lessons learned from previous strategies, the core of the revised strategy is focused on the three following objectives:

  1. People  To support countries, UNICEF as a Cluster Lead Agency, and nutrition partners at subnational, national, regional, and global levels to ensure they are adequately staffed and skilled in order to prepare for, respond to, and recover from, situations of fragility.
  2. Operational & Technical Support – To provide adequate NiE coordination, IM, and programme operational and technical support to ensure that decisions at all levels are guided by timely sound technical advice, while documenting experiences and generating new evidence.
  3. Enabling Environment – To be a driver of change for: 1) improved collaboration, partnerships, and innovation on nutrition to prepare for, respond to, and recover from, shocks to the nutrition situation at the global, regional, national, and subnational level; and 2) creating a supportive financial and policy environment, both internally and externally, for strengthened technical and coordination capacity for nutrition in situations of fragility.

The Strategy, including the 2022-2025 Advocacy Strategy, have guided the development of a yearly rolling work plan and prioritisation of activities to be implemented.  

You can download and read the strategy in its entirety here. 


Remote assistance and support for field-based teams in a number of areas

  • Coordination Helpdesk : The Coordination Helpdesk provides guidance, support and remote assistance in the field of nutrition cluster coordination, specifically related to the implementation of the six core functions of a nutrition cluster and the integration of accountability to affected populations into nutrition programming. 
  • Information Management Helpdesk: The Information Management Helpdesk provides guidance, support and remote assistance on information management activities, processes and tools to support nutrition cluster coordination and response.
  • Nutrition Information System (NIS) Helpdesk:  The Nutrition Information Systems helpdesk provides technical assistance  and remote support on needs assessment and analysis. The support primarily focuses on review, development and dissemination technical guidance that enable improvement in nutrition in emergency needs analysis within the framework of the humanitarian programing cycle (HPC).
  • Nutrition in Emergencies Helpdesk: The Nutrition in Emergencies Helpdesk provides technical assistance and remote support in the field of nutrition in emergencies, specifically in the areas of community management of acute malnutrition, micronutrient supplementation in emergencies and infant and young child feeding in emergencies.
  • Integration for Nutrition Outcomes Helpdesk: The Integration for Nutrition Outcomes Helpdesk provides technical assistance and remote support in the field of integrated programming to support nutrition outcomes, including the planning and implementation of holistic, nutrition-sensitive approaches to prevent undernutrition. 


One of the GNC priorities is in country support of the national and sub-national nutrition cluster/sector working group coordination mechanisms.

Influencing And Advocacy

One of the GNC strategic priorities is to influence and advocate for improved, integrated and coordinated nutrition response during humanitarian crises 

External Engagement

To help deliver the GNC priorities, we are committed to engage collectively and individually with a range of external stakeholders  to commit to working together in all relevant phases of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle and humanitarian-development nexus to ensure improved coordination

Internal Engagement

GNC engages with internal stakeholders to help deliver the GNC strategic priorities by strengthening internal ways of working in the GNC partnership.


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