Intergovernmental Institution for the Use of Micro-Algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition

Intergovernmental Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council Under ECOSOC Resolution 2003/212 Dated 5th of March 2003.
Designated by the United Nations Economic & Social Council Under Rule 79 of the Council’s Rules and Procedures.

IN SUPPORT OF THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM FOR A BETTER WORLD AND THE UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS 2015 - 2030

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IIMSAM’s SPIRULINA LIFESAVING DISTRIBUTION PROGRAMME(S) IN SUPPORT OF THE UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS 2030
 

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The Autonomous Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition (IIMSAM) is one of the twenty-nine (29) Inter-Governmental Organizations (IGOs) which are presently accredited as observers to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and the only one with a specific Mandate in advocating through the use of Spirulina which was declared by the UN-World Food Conference of 1974 as the “best food for mankind”. IIMSAM is using Spirulina as a vehicle to combat malnutrition worldwide the world’s number one killer. IIMSAM Works with Concrete Deeds around the world in saving severely malnourished children, adults, and others to realise a world free of malnutrition and hunger the world’s number one killer through the IIMSAM’s Mandate to realise its ambition of making Spirulina a key-driver to eradicate malnutrition, achieve food security, and bridge the health divide and the need for global partnership for development is expressed manifestly as an aspiration of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030.

IIMSAM in Support of United Nations System and its Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030:
On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders at United Nations Headquarters in New York During the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly have formally adopted unanimously the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of bold new Global Goals, which the fmr. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed as a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world will commit to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change. The Global Goals for sustainable development could get these things done. In all countries. For all peoples countries adopted a set of global goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. The Goals aim to build on the work of the historic Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which in September 2000, rallied the world around a common 15-year agenda to tackle the indignity of poverty.

IIMSAM has embraced the measures outlined in this agenda, and in all our activities it continues to emphasize the imperative and catalyst role of the UN as the facilitator of multilateral diplomacy, human rights, sustainable development, peace and security, and in particularly important to IIMSAM the area of food security. IIMSAM has been playing a proactive role in providing humanitarian aid. IIMSAM has been successful with its strategic partnerships around the world in the distribution of Spirulina platensis to countless of peoples in need. Since 2009 through the present thousands have benefitted from the IIMSAM Spirulina Food Fortifying Distribution Programme named after the late His Royal Highness and Iconic leader and founder of the UAE( “Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan” & through Advocacy worldwide including its emergency response outreach programme to rural areas of Kisumu & other field partnerships with community based organisations and IIMSAM`s Strategic-Alliances, & other stakeholders which have Joined the IIMSAM push to combat acute-malnutrition.

IIMSAM supports the The Zero Hunger Challenge which is the vision of the Fmr. UN Secretary-General Ban ki moon for a future free from hunger. Launched at the United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.

It envisions a world where everyone enjoys the right to adequate food, women are empowered, food systems are sustainable and resilient, support to family farming is increased, poverty is reduced through agriculture and rural development and good nutrition is assured from the start of pregnancy through every child’s second birthday. IIMSAM recognizes that hunger and malnutrition are a major impediment to sustainable development, and reaffirming that reducing hunger is a primary goal of the UN-Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030. In order to disseminate and implement food security programs in feeding centres for poor people with the use of foods fortified with Spirulina to combat acute malnutrition worldwide. All forces must be brought to bear to meet our Mandate and help to address the problems we face.

IIMSAM Making a Difference: By initiating through rigorous lobbying efforts at United Nations Headquarters in New York a revised draft resolution (A/C.2/60/ L.14/Rev.1/) “ On the uses of Spirulina to combat Hunger and Malnutrition and help achieve sustainable development” in 2005 during the 60th Session of the UN-General Assembly-Second Committee Agenda Item 52, which was submitted by Burundi, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Paraguay. As a follow up of this draft resolution. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) was requested to present a position paper on Spirulina. Which three years later resulted in: FAO`s REPORT PRESENTED IN 2008 and includes the following selected recommendations:

• There is a need for National Governments, IGOs to re-evaluate the potential of Spirulina to fulfill their own food security needs as well as a tool for their overseas development emergency response efforts.

To improve technical and economic solutions to spirulina production in environmentally impoverished conditions, as well as to prepare tested production packages for rapid deployment in emergency situations.

Providing nutritional supplements for use in rural and urban communities where the diet is inadequate; allowing diversification from traditional crops in cases where land or water resources are limited; as a short and medium-term solution to emergency situations where sustainable supply of high protein/vitamin foodstuff is required.

• This implies the ability to rapidly install systems in variety of environments that can be sustained by local communities to cover both short-term food needs and to supplement longer-term national requirements especially once other forms of food relief cease to be delivered. You may download the full report on our website: www.iimsam.org or www.fao.org The P.R.C.(CHINA) declared Spirulina as a strategic crop.

The pillars of the work of the Organization are converging: events in the advocacy and distribution of Spirulina in fighting the number one killer in the world malnutrition and related illnesses are having a lasting impact on progress in the health of the thousands we have served in the Kisumu region of Kenya since 2009. Reflecting the IIMSAM commitment to continue the distribution of Spirulina to the needed. Looking forward, the principal task is to ensure the continuity of our Mandate and the equitable delivery of health services using Spirulina as the catalyst so that all can enjoy improved health outcomes. An important element of this agenda will be a renewed focus on meeting the gauntlet. Our Strategic Alliances, Advocacy, Emergency Rescue Initiatives and Scaling Up Nutrition Movement Outreach Programmes to rural areas have contributed significantly to healthier lives. In short, in this continuous stride towards the achievements of the UN-­‐SDGs 2015-2030.

IIMSAM’S Sheikh Zayed Centre in Kisumu, Kenya, its looked upon by the local population as a beacon of hope for overcoming these illnesses which at times has burden our Centre in the demand for Spirulina which the local population see it as a “Panacea” against the scourges of severe (acute) malnutrition.

IIMSAM’S aims at promoting and securing the sustainability of our life saving programmes in support of the principles and ideals embodied in the Charter of the United Nations which IIMSAM as an Inter-Governmental Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council strives to uphold.

“CONCRETE DEEDS” AT THE IIMSAM’S SH. ZAYED CENTRE STATS FOR 2016 (Commencing on the 1st of January 2016- 31st December 2016) (PDF)

“CONCRETE DEEDS” CONDUCTED FROM THE 1 JANUARY 2015 – TILL – 31 JANUARY 2016 AT THE IIMSAM SHEIKH ZAYED CENTRE REPUBLIC OF KENYA (PDF)

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NEW FOR 2014-IIMSAM- “LIFESAVER” HUMANITARIAN-SPIRULINA IN A BOTTLE: THE IIMSAM FREE-HUMANITARIAN-DISTRIBUTION OF SPIRULINA AGAINST MALNUTRITION AND OTHER RELATED ILLNESSES BEING PRODUCED AT THE IIMSAM SPIRULINA FARMS CULTIVATION FACILITIES SHOWED IN PICTURES BELOW WILL BE DISTRIBUTED INTERNATIONALLY.
In a continuous effort to serve and reinforce the capacity of the Spirulina distribution for the malnourished for an additional 200 children which are now been served Spirulina at the Sheikh Zayed Centre thanks to the generosity of H.E. Mr. Vikrant Sandal Head of the Kanwajit Sandal Foundation & Hashbiotech-Labs a Strategic Partner of IIMSAM. The much anticipated first shipment of 18,000 doses arrived at the Centre during the first week of August 2014. It is being distributed free of cost to those children as an ongoing programme at the Centre. The same project will be followed by one million free Spirulina doses sponsored by Kanwajit Sandal Foundation to be distributed by IIMSAM worldwide, to the malnourished children in subsequent phases.

The IIMSAM Sheikh Zayed Spirulina distribution Centre, has played a pivotal role in alleviating severe malnutrition and hunger in Kisumu, Kenya. Despite limited resources, internal and external challenges IIMSAM has brought relief to thousands of children, adults and others afflicted by the scourges of severe malnutrition in and around the Kisumu region of Kenya since 2009. Kenya is home to more than 40 million people, 80% of whom live in rural areas and rely almost entirely on agriculture. Almost 10 million people in Kenya are chronically insecure.

Acute and chronic under nutrition affects pregnant and lactating women and children under five years of age when the growth needs are the highest. 23% of children under five are severely under nourished and underweight. 46% of children ages between 18-23 months are stunted by malnutrition; the cause of many harmful consequences for young children and has been identify as the main cause of death among children under five years of age. 30% of child deaths in Kenya can be attributed to malnutrition. According to UNICEF, growth of 2.1 million Kenyan children under the age of five years are stunted, limiting the scope of their full physical and mental potential.

Secretary General of IIMSAM H. E. Remigio Martin MaradonaIn his message to Ambassador Sandal, The Secretary General of IIMSAM H. E. Remigio Martin Maradona commented: “I highly praised and appreciate the effort put by Ambassador Sandal a true “par excellance” humanitarian in taking concrete steps in understating and echoing the Mandate of IIMSAM to combat against Severe Hunger and Malnutrition. Furthermore Ambassador Sandal has set an example for others to follow and lives by the credo “if there is a conscious will to uplift the malnourished, and the impoverished, one can always find a way to do it.”

Photos from Kenya IIMSAM Center

Photos from Kenya IIMSAM Center

Photos from Kenya IIMSAM Center

Photos from Kenya IIMSAM Center

(IIMSAM Pictures/August-2014): Above depict the children displaying the newly arrived “Lifesaver” Humanitarian Spirulina along with IIMSAM Centre Director Mr. Fredrick O. K. Lwamba and Mr. Job Essombo Kangula General Assistant to the Director
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