17 Aug 2011
"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