Global and national progress in tackling noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) is central to the agenda at the third high-level meeting on the prevention and control of NCDs, which is taking place in New York today (Thursday, September 27).
The event has been organised at a time when figures suggest NCDs are responsible for 71 per cent of all deaths worldwide. It is estimated that every two seconds an individual aged between 30 and 70 years dies prematurely from NCDs.
The two previous high-level meetings on NCDs, held in 2011 and 2014, resulted in a number of national commitments to reduce risks for developing NCDs, provide better care for people living with NCDs, and track trends and progress in the fight against NCDs.
Today’s meeting, which is being hosted by the United Nations General Assembly, is being attended by heads of state and senior government representatives from around the world to discuss the latest progress in reducing the risk of dying prematurely from NCDs. Member States have also agreed to a political declaration on NCDs which is due to be adopted at the event.
More than 100 NCD related side events are also taking place during the UN General Assembly and around today's meeting.