Social Media

Flickr
Vimeo
Picasa
Home
UN General Assembly announces historic commitment to fight noncommunicable diseases

GENEVA / NEW YORK/ 19 September 2011 (WHO) - The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes the adoption today by the UN General Assembly of the political declaration on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, chronic respiratory disease and cancer which together kill some 36 million people each year. For the first time, global leaders have reached consensus in the General Assembly on concrete actions to tackle these diseases.

Governments agreed on the need for global targets to monitor these diseases and their risk factors like tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and the harmful use of alcohol. The UN General Assembly has asked WHO to develop a framework for monitoring global progress and to prepare, before the end of 2012, recommendations for a set of global targets to monitor trends and assess the progress in countries to reduce the toll of suffering, disability and premature death due to these diseases.
 
Global leaders committed to greater efforts to prevent and treat noncommunicable diseases and improve health care including better access to vital medicines. Success will depend on  the engagement of non-health sectors such as finance, agriculture, transportation, urban development, and trade. Governments will integrate policies to reduce noncommunicable diseases into health planning processes and national development agendas.
 
The declaration is a clear signal that global leaders acknowledge the devastating impact of noncommunicable diseases worldwide and that they are committed to reducing it.  The next step is to act on those commitments.
 
Related links:

United Nations high-level meeting on noncommunicable disease prevention and control http://www.who.int/nmh/events/un_ncd_summit2011/en/index.html

PAHO page on the UNHLM-NCDs

PAHO blog with UNHLM side events and Wellness Week events: http://www.paho.org/blogs/wellnessweek/?page_id=130

WHO list of side events updated: http://www.who.int/nmh/events/un_ncd_summit2011/side_events_calendar.pdf

Wellness Week: http://www.paho.org/hq/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5705&Itemid=4097

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/NCDs_PAHO

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/PAHONCDs

Photographs:  Launch Wellness Week, Harlem, NY http://on.fb.me/mXRWCD

For more information, please contact:
Lori Sloate
Communications Officer
WHO
Mobile: +41 79 500 6579
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Gregory Hartl

Communications Officer
WHO
Telephone: +4122 791 4458
Mobile: +41 79 203 6715
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Media contact  PAHO/WHO:

PAHO/WHO New York |  Leticia Linn | +1 202 701 4005 | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

PAHO/WHO Washington DC |  Donna Eberwine | +1 202 316 5469 | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

PAHO/WHO Washington DC |  Sonia Mey +1 202 251 2646 | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Upcoming Events

No current events.

PAHO/WHO campaign against tobacco

This website is certified by Health
On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.

5400 Suncrest Dr., Suite C-4, El Paso, Texas 79912, United States of America
Tel.: (915) 845-5950 Fax: (915) 845-4361  www.fep.paho.org/  email email@fep.paho.org