Six months ago, all Member States made important commitments to diabetes and NCDs at September’s UN High-Level Summit on NCDs. Now, the World Health Organization (WHO) is leading an official process to develop a set of global diabetes and NCD targets which were called for in the Summit Political Declaration.
Last week, WHO released an updated proposal for the global NCD targets and monitoring framework (here), and are calling on Member States and NGO’s for their input. To date, out of 193 countries, only 21 have responded to WHO. The positions of such a small number of Member States should not determine the future global diabetes and NCD response.
Why it Matters
Global NCD targets will be a major breakthrough and the first time that all governments will be obliged to collect and report data on diabetes/NCD progress to the UN on a regular basis. This will drive governments to take action on diabetes and NCDs at the national level.
Now is your opportunity to make sure the global NCDs targets are relevant to your country. We will not get a second chance. Your government must tell WHO what targets are important for driving progress on diabetes and NCDs.
What You Can Do
Quick action is needed because we are losing time and momentum. Your government needs to respond to WHO’s proposal NOW. The online consultation is open until 19 April. We have created a template letter for you to personalise to send to your governments. NGO’s may also submit comments directly to WHO by emailing email@example.com by 19 April.