Recognizing the human suffering, growing burden and socio-economic impact of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in all countries, the UN will hold a High-Level Meeting on NCDs (UNHLM) on Sept. 19-20, 2011.
The United Nations High-Level Meeting represents a major policy window opening for health, which has only occurred once before with AIDS in 2001.
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The UNHLM will address the social and economic impact of NCDs and risk factors, as well as the development challenges posed by NCDs particularly for developing countries. Addressing the NCD requires a whole society approach, including the public and private sectors, academia, civil society, professional associations, and the population at large.