Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Reviewing NCD Progress

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Reviewing NCD Progress

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At a high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to review progress since the 2011 Political Declaration on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), countries reaffirmed their commitment acknowledging that progress had been slow and uneven.

"Three years ago we agreed that it is time to act," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to the meeting held last month in New York. "The global epidemic of noncommunicable diseases is a major and growing challenge to development."

In 2011, the international community agreed on global action led by WHO, including a Global action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs 2013-2020. By 2025 the plan aims to reduce the number of people who die prematurely from cancer, heart disease and stroke, diabetes and respiratory diseases by 25%. This will be done by addressing factors such as tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity that increase people's risk of developing these diseases.

The United Nations is providing support to developing countries through an Interagency Task Force established by the Secretary-General. …

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