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UNGA Adopts Political Declaration On NCDs; WHO DG Calls For Political Commitment, Domestic Investments, UHC To Reverse Disease Trends

Devex: U.N. meeting on NCDs falls short on hard commitments, civil society say
“The third United Nations high-level meeting on noncommunicable diseases may result in a broader dialogue, but will not likely lead to any immediate new financing or strong global commitments. That’s the main takeaway of civil society experts and advocates who followed the all-day event Thursday, following a busy week for global health issues during the opening of the U.N. General Assembly…” (Lieberman, 9/28).

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“…At the start of the meeting, the General Assembly adopted the NCD political declaration by acclamation, with no member state objecting. The political declaration includes commitments to reduce NCD mortality by one-third by 2030, and to scale-up funding and multi-stakeholder responses to treat and prevent NCDs…” (Branigan, 9/27).

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“…Closing his remarks, [WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus] said that three key things are needed in every country to ‘win the fight against NCDs’ and achieve SDG Target 3.4: political commitment, domestic investment, and universal health coverage so everyone can benefit from health care ‘without worrying about whether they can afford them’…” (9/27).

Additional coverage of the HLM on NCDs is available from Health-e News and Xinhua News (2).

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