UN SUMMIT - The UN High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (the ‘UN Summit’ or ‘UN HLM’) will be held on 19/20 September 2011
Noncommunicable diseases - or NCDs - like heart attacks and strokes, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease account for over 63% of deaths in the world today. Every year, NCDs kill 9 million people under 60. The socio-economic impact is staggering.
Global leaders will meet at the United Nations in New York from 19-20 September 2011 to set a new international agenda on NCDs. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to raise the profile of Non-communicable diseases among governments, development agencies, funders and others.
This is only the second time in the history of the UN that the General Assembly meets on a health issue (the last issue was AIDS). The aim is for countries to adopt a concise, action-oriented outcome document that will shape the global agendas for generations to come.