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UN NCD Review: Updates from Day 1
Member States, the UN system, and civil society met at UN Headquarters in New York today for the first of the 2-day high-level UN NCD Review. Below is a brief recap of the day, which included the adoption of the outcome document of the NCD Review.
Day 1 began with opening statements from the President of the UN General Assembly, a representative for the UN Secretary-General, WHO Director General Margaret Chan, and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. Professor Tezer Kutluk, President-elect of UICC, spoke on behalf of civil society, on the need for multisectoral coordinated and harmonised national responses to NCDs; the establishment of NCDs at the centre of the post-2015 development agenda; and the urgent need to address the global resource gap in NCDs.

Click here to read Professor Kutluk's full speech
Following these opening remarks, Member States were given the floor to make interventions. Common themes in these remarks included:
  • Noting the catalytic effects of the 2011 High-level Meeting and Political Declaration;
  • Commending the fulfillment of global commitments since 2011, and the leading role of WHO
  • The need to increase the capacity of low- and middle-income countries to respond to the NCD burden
  • Calls for increased action to reduce exposure to NCD risk factors, particularly as related to the increased consumption of processed and unhealthy foods
  • Promoting UHC and strengthening primary health care as enablers to prevent and control NCDs and achieve healthy human development
  • The need to embed NCDs firmly within the post-2015 development agenda
Adoption of the Outcome Document

After the opening plenary, the President of the General Assembly introduced the draft outcome document. After thanking the co-facilitators for their efforts to guide the process and produce the text, the document was placed on the table for adoption. With one minor amendment, the document was adopted and is now final!
Click here to read the final version of the outcome document
The outcome document has a number of clear, time-bound national commitments for accelerating action on NCDs, including setting national targets, multisectoral national plans, and national multisectoral mechanisms. Other important commitments include improving monitoring and surveillance, increasing resource mobilisation, encouraging inclusion of NCDs in post-2015, reiterating the important role of civil society, and agreeing to hold a future UN Review on NCDs in 2018. The NCD Alliance will be producing a detailed analysis of the outcome document in coming weeks.
We will be sending another update after Day 2. In the meantime, follow us on Twitter (@ncdalliance) for live updates from New York.
Thank you,
The NCD Alliance team


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