World Breastfeeding Week 2016: Sustainable Development
By Jonathan Kistner
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Every year, more than 120 countries celebrate World Breastfeeding Week during the first week of August. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) was established in 1991 with the goal of restoring the global breastfeeding culture and provide breastfeeding support.
WABA launched the inaugural World Breastfeeding Week in 1992. Now 24 years later, this celebration is supported by organizations including UNICEF, the World Health Organization along with various governments.
This year's theme is Breastfeeding: A Key To Sustainable Development. This emphasizes how breastfeeding is a crucial component to our wellbeing from birth. The goal is to further the conversation about respecting one another and the world we all live in.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
2016 marks the beginning of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over the next 15 years, this idea is for the breastfeeding movement to connect with an assortment of development issues aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity:
1) Nutrition, Food Security and Poverty Reduction.
2) Survival, Health and Well-Being
3) Environment and Climate change
4) Work Productivity, Empowerment, Social Protection
5) Sustainable Partnerships and Rule of Law