UN Summit on NCDs

On 13 May 2010, the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously passed a Resolution (64/265) to hold a High-Level Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in September 2011. The Resolution is the result of a campaign led by the NCD alliance, comprised of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and the World Heart Federation (WHF).

In total, 130 states cosponsored the resolution, signalling that the world has recognized the urgency and priority of addressing the growing threat posed by NCDs. The Summit will raise the profile of NCDs on the global stage, mobilize the international community to take action, secure the commitment of Heads of State to lead the cross-government effort necessary to reverse the epidemic, and send a clear message to donors and funders. The HIV/AIDS Special Session held in 2001 resulted in a Heads of State Declaration of Commitment that paved the way for an urgent international response. It also led to the creation of the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, which has raised nearly US $10 billion in development funding for low- and middle-income countries (LMCs).

On 23 December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Modalities Resolution, a key milestone in the road towards the UN Summit. The Resolution, adopted by governments at the UN, determines the length, outcomes and other key details of the UN Summit, and strongly influences whether the Summit will be a turning point for diabetes and NCDs.

What is the focus of the Summit?

UN resolution 64/265 states that the Summit will focus on the ‘four most prominent non-communicable diseases, namely, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes’, and the ‘common risk factors of tobacco use, alcohol abuse, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and environmental carcinogens.’

When and where will it take place?

The meeting will take place at UN Headquarters in New York. The meeting is scheduled to take place 19-20 September 2011.

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Participants at conference

24th Annual Conference
13-14 Sept 2019

Barcelona, Spain