In its 5th Report on the World Nutrition Situation (March 2004), the Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN) makes the case that reducing malnutrition is central to achieving the MDGs, citing evidence that links nutrition to a range of other development outcomes.

The Report highlights how a nutrition perspective can strengthen key development mechanisms and instruments, such as poverty reduction strategies, health sector reform, the improvement of governance and human rights, and trade liberalization. The report also advances specific suggestions for including nutrition in programme and policy development and calls on the nutrition community to lead this effort.