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NCD Alliance Says U.S., Canada, E.U. Stalling Efforts To Fight NCDs

The NCD Alliance, which represents about 2,000 health organizations from around the world focused on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), “on Thursday accused the United States, Canada and Europe of harming efforts to fight cancer, diabetes, heart and other diseases because they will not agree to set United Nations targets,” Reuters reports (Kelland, 8/18). The first-ever U.N. High-Level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of NCDs is scheduled for September 19-20 in New York.

In a letter (.pdf) addressed to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the NCD Alliance said, “The situation is urgent. 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,” according to a press release from the group (8/17). “Rich nations fear they will have to foot much of the bill for tackling a chronic disease epidemic in poorer nations, and are reluctant to commit to this when their economies are in turmoil, [NCD Alliance Chair Ann] Keeling said,” Reuters writes (8/18).