24 Sep 2015
Tobacco use is the main risk factor for the four major groups of NCDs, and the Agenda endorses the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control as a key tool to fight the NCDs epidemic.
“With the inclusion of the WHO (FCTC) as one of four means of implementation targets for the SDGs goal on health (SDG 3) … tobacco control is now clearly recognized by the UN as a strategy to address sustainable development and improve health,” said FCA Director Laurent Huber. FCA is a member of the NCD Alliance Steering Group.
“This victory marks the culmination of a six-year campaign led by the NCD Alliance”, said Mr José Luis Castro, Chair of the NCD Alliance and Executive Director of The Union.
“In 2009 when the NCD Alliance was founded, one of the four initial goals was to secure NCD – namely diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory disease, and mental/neurological disorders – in the successors to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Since then, the NCD Alliance has worked tirelessly with many partners and stakeholders to lay the foundations for this historic agreement today,” added Mr. Castro.
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