Three years after the historic UN High Level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), countries from around the world gathered in New York on 10-11 July for the UN NCD Review (#NCDReview). The meeting was held in the presence of government representatives and consisted of two plenary meetings and two thematic roundtable discussion as well as side events.
The review took stock of the progress made since Heads of State and Government adopted the UN Political Declaration on NCDs in 2011 and committed themselves to develop national plans to prevent and control NCDs. It resulted in the adoption of a concise, action-orientated and focused outcome document.
The outcome document contains a number of clear, time-bound national commitments for accelerating action on diabetes and NCDs including:
- Setting national targets taking into account the nine voluntary targets for NCDs, including the one on diabetes.
- Developing multisectoral national plans and national multisectoral mechanisms.
- Emphasising health-in-all-policies and whole-of-government approaches.
- Taking measures for NCDs monitoring and surveillance.
- Increasing resource mobilisation for NCDs.
- Encouraging inclusion of diabetes and NCDs in post-2015.
- Reiterating the important role of civil society.
- Emphasising the production and promotion of food products consistent with a healthy diet.
- Committing to continue to encourage policies contributing to the achievement of food security and adequate nutrition.
- Recognising that the implementation of strategies promoting physical activity and regulation on the marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverages to children will accelerate efforts to reduce diabetes and NCDs.
- Focusing on strengthening international co-operation on affordable, safe, effective and quality medicines; with a recognition of the importance of universal health coverage to respond effectively and equitably to the needs of people with diabetes and NCDs.
- Agreeing to hold a future UN Review on NCDs in 2018.
On 10 July Member States reaffirmed their political commitment in response to the challenge of NCDs, sharing good practices from their respective countries and identifying gaps in progress. The following day, further discussion took place in the form of two thematic roundtable sessions that aimed to foster exchanges of experiences on capacity building, whole-of-government responses, partnerships and international cooperation. Some key recommendations from the roundtable sessions were:
- Establish stronger regulatory frameworks to prevent NCDs, particularly obesity.
- Provide technical expertise in establishing multisectoral partnerships, to ensure better results.
- Strengthen the investment case for NCDs, and focus on harnessing domestic resources via tobacco taxation and other proven financing mechanisms.
- Strengthen the role of civil society in low- and middle-income countries, including national NCD alliances.