Afshan Khan, an Indo-Canadian, has been named the coordinator of the “Scaling Up Nutrition Movement,” according to UN Secretary-General António Guterres. According to Stephane Dujarric, a spokesperson for the secretary-general at the UN headquarters in New York, the Scaling Up Nutrition or SUN Movement is a country-driven project headed by 65 nations and four Indian states who are committed to ending all types of malnutrition by 2030. In her new assignment, Ms Khan will work to ensure the execution of the Scaling Up Nutrition strategy at the global level by building partnerships, and galvanizing engagement and commitment to end malnutrition in all its forms.
Past career of Afshan Khan
- Indian-born Ms. Khan will oversee the SUN Movement Secretariat and manage the network of SUN Government Focal Points as well as the movement’s stakeholders and backers, according to Dujarric. She is a citizen of both Canada and the UK. Ms. Khan has a bachelor’s in political science from McGill University and a master’s degree in public policy from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.
- Ms Khan started her work for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Mozambique in 1989 and is currently serving as the regional director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
- She also has extensive knowledge of international civil society organisations, having served as the CEO of Women for Women International.
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