Who We Are

The Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) was established in 2006 as part of the Humanitarian Reform process, which aimed to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response programmes by ensuring greater predictability, accountability and partnership.

Our vision and core purpose

The vision of the GNC is to safeguard and improve the nutritional status of emergency affected populations by ensuring an appropriate response that is predictable, timely and effective and at scale.

The GNC is first and foremost a coordination mechanism. The GNC’s core purpose is to enable country coordination mechanisms to achieve timely, quality, and appropriate nutrition response to emergencies. The GNC supports country coordination in strategic decision-making, planning and strategy development, capacity building on coordination and IM/KM, advocacy, monitoring and reporting, and contingency planning/preparedness 

Our Structure

The GNC is comprised of partners, observers, and the National Nutrition Coordinators (NCC). At global level, the GNC has over 32 partners actively involved in GNC activities and 8 observers.

As the lead agency, UNICEF hosts the GNC Coordination team (GNC-CT) who provide strategic stewardship and the secretariat function of the GNC.

A Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) provides strategic support to the GNC-CT to guide direction of GNC affairs.

Task Forces are time-bound groups established on an as needed basis to move forward specific areas of work (including issues of a technical nature) and facilitate liaison with technical experts and/or already existing technical groups that are outside of the GNC.

The GNC hosts a Rapid Response Team consisting of a group of experts in nutrition coordination and information management who are rapidly deployable to support nutrition coordination in humanitarian situations.

The GNC supports countries where official nutrition clusters and nutrition sector mechanisms are activated. For more details on Country Nutrition Clusters please see the ‘where we work’ tab.


This section includes the following pages:

Briefing Kit