23 July 2015
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Final push for health and NCDs in post-2015 negotiations

A health worker uses an mHealth application to counsel a mother at a health centre in Badagaon, India. Credit: Photoshare

The final post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations are underway in New York. The session, which began on Monday and continues through Friday 31 July, is focused on reactions to the final draft Outcome Document to adopt the Post-2015 Agenda. The Outcome Document contains five parts -the preamble, the Declaration, the SDGs and targets, means of implementation and global partnership, and follow up and review, plus several annexes. Together, these form the entirety of the post-2015 agenda.

The Declaration, which is meant to provide the vision of the agenda, notes that our future world should be free of disease, should provide universal access to health care, and should assure physical, mental and social well-being. It also calls stakeholders to "devote greater efforts to tackling NCDs". While this language is a good starting point, civil society including the NCD Alliance are now advocating for stronger, more action-oriented language to secure the most ambitious outcome document possible. Read more

Civil society from South East Asia join forces to fight NCDs 

On 9-10 July the WHO South East Asia Regional Office (WHO SEARO) and the NCD Alliance hosted the first-ever regional meeting for NCD civil society, bringing together 95 participants from 9 of the 11 SEAR countries. This included 70 representatives from civil society organisations (CSOs) from the region, as well as representatives of the NCD Alliance, and WHO staff from SEAR country and regional offices. 

The meeting provided an opportunity to strengthen civil society in the region through sharing experiences, reviewing CSOs' capacity and fostering national and regional alliances to drive advocacy, policy and accountability. Ahead of the event, the NCD Alliance commissioned a background paper mapping SEAR CSOs, which has now been published on the WHO SEARO website. As part of the meeting, participants jointly developed a set of seven SEAR CSO priorities for joint action and follow-up. A meeting report including these regional priorities and recommendations for follow-up will be made available by the end of August. Meeting outcomes will inform the Global NCD Alliance Forum in November in Sharjah, UAE. Read more

Webinar slides and recording posted online

Thank you for joining our webinar yesterday. Slides and a recording of the webinar, covering the outcomes of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), updates on Post-2015 negotiations, preparations for the Global NCD Alliance Forum, and the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) 2016, are available to download here.

US business organisation does bidding of Big Tobacco globally

The US Chamber of Commerce is working systematically around the world to help the tobacco industry fight life-saving measures to reduce tobacco use, according to a new report. The report says that the Chamber's multi-pronged approach included: opposing countries' health policies; pitting countries against each other in international trade disputes; and influencing international trade agreements to benefit tobacco companies. The report, US Chamber of Commerce; Blowing Smoke for Big Tobacco, was prepared by public interest and public health organisations worldwide. Read more
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