CEO comments

CEO comment - 10 April 2012

Green shoots of the 'NCD Spring' appear at the United Nations

The UN often comes under fire for not having achieved the twin goals of every Miss World contestant - world peace and the eradication of poverty. I say we just haven't achieved them yet. But let's never lose sight of the big goals and let’s never lose sight of the UN System's unique role in setting global standards and visioning major global threats and opportunities coming over the horizon.

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.