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Global Child Nutrition Forum

Forum mondial sur la nutrition des enfants Foro Mundial de Nutrición Infantil Fórum Global de Nutrição Infantil Глобальный форум по детскому питанию المنتدى العالمي لتغذية الطفل

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We are currently looking for our next host country for the 2023 Global Child Nutrition Forum. Interested? Scroll to learn more.

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About the Forum

The Global Child Nutrition Forum is a conference focused on school feeding programs. The four-day event features government exchanges, plenary sessions, technical workshops, and a day trip to see the local school meal programs in action.

Open Call for Host Government

We're looking for our next country host for the 2023 Global Child Nutrition Forum. Help us bring together school meal program leaders from across the globe, and share your school meal program with the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The Global Child Nutrition Forum is a conference focused on school feeding programs. The four-day event features government exchanges, plenary sessions, technical workshops, and a day trip to see the local school meal programs in action.

 

Each year we expect 300-400 participants from all over the world. Government representatives make up the core of the Forum audience. Normally, 35 to 60 countries send formal government delegations. The Forum attracts additional attendance from development partners, UN agencies, academia, and the private sector.

 

The Forum is held in a different country each year. GCNF is currently seeking a host country for 2023. In the past, the Forum has been hosted in Armenia, Benin, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Canada, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tunisia, and the United States. 

GCNF and the host country will work together to select the exact timing. GCNF anticipates the Forum will be held in October, November, or December of 2023.

The Global Child Nutrition Forum offers an opportunity for a country to co-host a well-known international event and showcase their school feeding program(s). It brings tourist resources to the region and garners international attention.

Safety first. The host country must be safe for guests from all areas of the world to gather.  Second, we seek a host country that has a compelling, strong school feeding program that is worthy of global recognition. Alternatively, countries that have a new commitment to roll out or expand their program are also attractive Forum hosts. The host country must have an easily accessible international airport, safe in-country transportation, and a modern and large enough venue space to accommodate 300 to 400 guests. The visa process must be easy and accessible for all guests.

The role of the host government is negotiated each year. Primary responsibilities include ensuring the safety and security of the event, ensuring easy visa processing, presenting a session on the country’s school feeding program, and organizing site visits to schools. The cost of the Forum is shared between GCNF, the host government, and complementary partners.  While exact amounts are to be negotiated, the host government should be prepared to make substantial cash or in-kind contributions. The government will also be asked to assign an English-speaking focal point to work with GCNF for the planning and organization of the Forum.

Please express your initial interest in hosting the Forum as soon as possible by emailing info@gcnf.org. Additional information will be provided.

The government is a key host of the Forum. We encourage interested parties to reach out to their government to gain their support for hosting the Forum. Interest in hosting the Forum can come from a partner, but it must accompany support from the government.

Fantastic! Please reach out to info@gcnf.org with your interest.

Interested? Need more information? Email us at info@gcnf.org