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IBFAN - Focus on the Sustainable Development Goals for World Breastfeeding Week 2016

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in September 2015 by the UN General Assembly to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This time the 17 Goals and their specific targets include ‘Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts’ and address governments as ‘the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change.’

Although governments carry the main responsibility for implementing the SDGs between 2015 and 2030, sectors must share this responsibility, as well as communities and individuals : « For the Goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part : governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you. »

This year’s World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) aims to help us all to play our part. The WABA action folder along with posters in 10 languages provide practical suggestions on how to achieve the specific SDGs most relevant to infant and young child feeding, including not only breastfeeding and formula feeding but also baby foods and young child milks. The International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) contributed to WBW theme 3 on Environment and Climate Change, with emphasis on SDGs 12 and 13 on Responsible Consumption and Production and Climate Action. The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) focused on climate action in their folder on « how to connect your critical local efforts to these larger international goals» and included SDGs 14 and 15 – Life below Water and Life on Land.

Further information

1. UN SDGs:
2. WBW: and SDGs
3. WABA Action Folder:
4. Responsible Consumption and Production and Climate Action: https//
5. ILCA:

Originally posted on 27 September 2016

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