Alcohol and Non-communicable diseases (NCD)

In 2011 the United Nations High Level Meeting on NCDs demonstrated a global consensus around the need to develop and implement prevention strategies and control the disease burden related to alcohol and three other major health-risk factors: tobacco, unhealthy foods, and lack of physical exercise. The four disease categories addressed by the UN’s NCD initiative include cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease, and diabetes. Although NCDs are commonly perceived as problems of more wealthy countries, a significant portion of the disease burden from NCDs actually occurs in low- and middle-income countries. 

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Addiction editorial:

Alcohol and Non-Communicable Diseases

An editorial in the January 2011 issue of the journal Addiction argues that alcohol should be included when a special High Level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly will discuss Non-Communicable Diseases in September 2011.

14. December 2010

Noncommunicable diseases:

Consulted NGOs before high level meeting

Last week the Norwegian Directorate of Health hosted the WHO Regional High-level Consultation on Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) in Oslo. The day prior to the High-level meeting a dialogue was held between Norwegian authorities and non-governmental organizations. A declaration from the NGO-meeting was communicated directly to the delegates at the WHO meeting.

03. December 2010

UN General Assembly asks for High Level meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases

Yesterday the United Nations General Assembly decided to convene a high-level UN meeting in September 2011 on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. Heads of State and Government will be attending

14. May 2010