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CEO comment - 22 March 2012

UN Summit-change is a marathon not a sprint

This week marks the six month anniversary of the UN High-Level Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

WHO Director General Margaret Chan called it a "watershed event" in the opening plenary and PAHO Director Emeritus Sir George Alleyne heralded it as "the dawn of a new era for NCDs". But six months on, many Summit skeptics question whether all the effort was worth it and if global political commitments will ever translate into better health and lives for people on the ground.