The landmark Resolution, sponsored by 135 member states including the group of 53 African states, calls for the convening of a High-level meeting of the General Assembly, with the participation of Heads of State and Government, on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)  in September 2011. The Resolution also encourages member states to discuss non-communicable diseases this year at the 2010 Millennium Development Goals Review Summit.

A High-level meeting will help place the issue of non-communicable diseases on the global development agenda and will help the International community coalesce to reverse a social, economic and health epidemic that is claiming over 35 millions of lives each year, 80% of which are in low and middle-income countries.    

The momentum for a balanced global health agenda that includes non-communicable diseases is growing. Last week at the World Health Assembly, NCDs were on the agenda and also discussed in several side meetings. The NCD Alliance launched a website (www.ncdalliance.org) to chart the progress of global non-communicable disease control efforts. Please visit this website, launched by the Alliance which includes the International Union Against Cancer, the International Diabetes Federation, the World Heart Federation, and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

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