Posted by: blog4globalhealth | 09/23/2011


IFIC Foundation Executive Director Kimberly Reed reacts to the UN’s political declaration on NCDs

Earlier this week, Heads of State from around the world met at the United Nations for the High-level Meeting on Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) Prevention and Control and unanimously adopted a political declaration to stand united in a global fight against NCDs, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease.

During his closing remarks, His Excellency Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the 66th session of the U.N. General Assembly, said it best: “There is now a mandate and a clear responsibility to address a challenge of epidemic proportions that curtails economic growth and widens social disparities. It will resonate for years to come and guide the efforts of the international community to address the risk factors and underlying determinants of health comprehensively and decisively. . . . Let me also recognize the important role of civil society as we move to implementation, as they will be key partners both in service delivery as well as awareness-raising.”

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