UN Review on NCDs starts today

Categories: Policy.

This UN review is reporting back on progress against the 2011 UN political Declaration on NCDs. We are expecting the High Level Meeting to encourage member states to report back on the 25 indicators, including the palliative care indicator, developed and adopted since the meeting. The WPCA and IAHPC attended the informal civil society hearing in June to advocate for increased inclusion of palliative care within the discussion on NCDs.

Today’s proceedings will begin with an opening plenary at 10am, featuring remarks from the President of the General Assembly, the UN Secretary-General, WHO Director General Margaret Chan and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. Professor Tezer Kutluk, president-elect of UICC, member of the NCD Alliance, will speak on behalf of civil society. This will be followed by a general debate for the remainder of the morning session and the afternoon session, until 6pm.

Civil society will be observing the sessions from an overflow room. WPCA senior fellow, Stephen Connor, will attend as WPCA representative.

On Friday, a roundtable ‘Strengthening national and regional capacities, including health systems, and effective multisectoral and whole-of-government responses for the prevention and control, including monitoring, of non-communicable diseases’ will take place from 10am-1pm. This session will be chaired by The Hon. Dr Fenton Ferguson, Minister of Health, Jamaica.

A second roundtable: ‘Fostering and strengthening national, regional and international partnerships and cooperation in support of efforts to address non-communicable diseases’ will be chaired by Dr Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, United States between 3 and 5pm.

The Review will end with a closing session from 5-6pm, with remarks from the President of the General Assembly, a report on the roundtable discussions, and the adoption of an outcome document. Civil society will observe the sessions from an overflow room.

For more information about the UN Review, as well as the various side-events that will be taking place, visit the NCD Alliance website.

Watch the Review live via the UN Web TV.