People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
Leaders of the NCD Alliance have told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the state of the draft Political Declaration for the NCD Summit is "unacceptable".
The leaders of the Alliance's four founding organisations* released a letter to the Secretary-General on Thursday, nearly two weeks after negotiations on the Declaration were postponed because UN Member States couldn't reach consensus on a number of points.
"The situation is urgent. The social and economic cost of inaction is extremely high," says the letter.
"Yet, it is reported that sound proposals for the draft Declaration to include time-bound commitments and targets are being systematically deleted, diluted and downgraded. In place of the promised “action-oriented outcomes”, it seems there might be only vague intentions to “consider” and “work towards”.
Instead, the letter says Member States must work towards:
• an overarching goal to reduce preventable deaths from NCDs: 25 per cent by 2025;
• a set of specific, evidence-based targets and global indicators;
• a clear timeline for tackling the epidemic of the four major NCDs;
• a high-level collaborative initiative of government and UN agencies with civil society to stimulate and assess progress.
*International Diabetes Federation, UICC, World Heart Federation, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease