The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

UN chiefs instruct country offices to focus on NCDs

NCDalliance report coverBriefing paper prepared by FCA and NCD Alliance in 2011.WHO Director-General and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark have issued a joint letter instructing UN country offices to ensure that action to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) features in their work, and that the agencies support countries' efforts to prioritise NCDs.

FCA welcomes this letter and stands ready to support the inclusion of NCDs, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and tobacco control in comprehensive national health and development strategies and plans.

NCDs include cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung diseases and diabetes.

The letter signals the need to keep up the momentum generated in the Political Declaration issued at the UN High-level Meeting on NCDs in September 2011, and marks the growing acceptance of NCDs as a global health and development priority. 

The letter concludes: "The development of a comprehensive approach to achieving improved health outcomes is best achieved by multiple sectors and constituencies. Such a comprehensive approach is essential to tackling NCDs and to advance human development."

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