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The NCD Alliance Common Interest Group . Ann Keeling, CEO, IDF & Chair, NCD Alliance Steering Group Third CIG Teleconference, 13 January, 2011. Agenda. 1 . NCD Alliance Update 2. UN Summit Modalities Resolution 3. Partners in Health / NCD Alliance NCD Conference

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the ncd alliance common interest group

The NCD Alliance Common Interest Group

Ann Keeling, CEO, IDF & Chair, NCD Alliance Steering Group

Third CIG Teleconference, 13 January, 2011


1 . NCD Alliance Update

2. UN Summit Modalities Resolution

3. Partners in Health / NCD Alliance NCD Conference

4. Russia Ministerial Conference on NCDs and Healthy Lifestyles

5. WHO Executive Board

6. Call To Action to CIG Members

7. Q&A / update items submitted by CIG members

ncds on the march
NCDs on the March
  • 23rd December, 2010 – Summit Modalities Resolution: major success for the Alliance and CIG (details later)
  • Common Interest Group - Successful Advocacy in Action
  • Increasing engagement with NCDs by actors in other disease areas (e.g. AIDS, Maternal Health)
  • Several major NCD Sessions at World Economic Forum Davos Jan 2011
  • Increasing recognition of the central role of civil society at the Summit and the consultation process leading up to it
  • Development agencies and donors: still some way to go eg European Union Development Days December 2010
a growing ncd alliance team
A growing NCD Alliance Team
  • New NCD Alliance Executive Director, Dr TéaCollins (based in UICC, Geneva)

Additional Staff

  • Greg Paton (IDF, Brussels) relocating to Geneva (UICC) as NCD Alliance Policy Manager
  • KitiKajana(UICC / ACS, Atlanta) relocating to New York to coordinate NCD Alliance Advocacy and work with NY based partners
  • Currently recruiting a Communications Coordinator (location tbd)
additional examples of current work
Additional Examples of current work
  • Children and NCDs (Update by Kate Armstrong, CLAN)
  • Women and NCDs (Update by Katie Dain, IDF)
who update
WHO Update
  • WHO Status Report on NCDs - likely delayed until April 2011
  • Report will focus on trends in respect of mortality, disease burden, risk factors, related costs, and quality of care
  • WHO has informed us that civil society experts will be included in the review process
  • UN Secretary-General NCD Report expected in Q2 2011 (date unknown) which will focus on the developmental challenges faced by developing countries.
  • Key NCD Alliance goal is ensuring civil society is given the opportunity to input into both reports with a reasonable timeframe for consultation.
  • A report by WHO DG Margaret Chan was discussed at the UN General Assembly on 23 November that dealt with the global status of non-communicable diseases (available on NCD Alliance website)
  • Alliance is continuing to push for inclusion of NGOs in upcoming WHO Regional Summit Consultations
  • Advocating for civil society involvement in the Steering Committee for the Russia Ministerial Conference on NCDs chaired by WHO
upcoming who events
Upcoming WHO Events
  • 128th WHO Executive Board,17-25th Jan, Geneva
  • WHO/ UNDESA Regional Summit Consultations
      • South-East Asia (14-17 Feb, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
      • Americas (24-25 February, Mexico City, Mexico)
      • Western Pacific (25-27 March, Seoul, South Korea)
      • Africa: ?
  • 64th World Health Assembly, 16-25 May, Geneva
  • NCDnet Global Forum, 27 April, Moscow
other ncd events
Other NCD Events
  • World Economic Forum, 26-30 Jan, Davos
  • NCD Alliance Side Event: 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 22 Feb–4 Mar, New York
  • Partners in Health / NCD Alliance Conference on NCDs of the Bottom Billion, 2-3 March, Harvard University (details later)
  • Oxford Health Alliance Annual Meeting on NCDs, 14-15 April 2011, Oxford, UK
  • 28-29 April, Russia Ministerial Conference on NCDs, Moscow (details later)
  • Global Health Council Annual Conference (Theme: NCDs), 13-17 June, Washington, DC
un summit modalities resolution agenda item 2
UN Summit Modalities Resolution (Agenda Item 2)
  • Modalities Resolution adopted Dec. 23rd by UN Member States
  • Dates: 19th-20th September 2011 in New York; (1.5 days in length)
  • Calls for a concise action oriented outcome document and participation of Heads of State and Government
  • Three Roundtable Sessions

– The rising incidence, developmental and other challenges and the social and

economic impact of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors;

– Strengthening national capacities, as well as appropriate policies, to address

prevention and control of non-communicable diseases;

– Fostering international cooperation, as well as coordination, to address non-

communicable diseases  

partners in health ncd alliance conference on ncds update agenda item 3
Partners in Health / NCD Alliance Conference on NCDs Update (Agenda Item 3)
  • Entitled “ The Long Tail of Global Health Equity: Tackling the Endemic Non-Communicable Diseases of the Bottom Billion” this conference will take place 2-3 March 2011 at Harvard Medical School
  • Interested participants can register online at, or watch via a free webcast
  • There are currently over 150 participants who will attempt to :
    • Define and reach consensus on what is meant by the bottom billion, how NCDs are arrayed in that population, and the similarities and differences between low and middle-income countries.
    • Aim to find a common sense of purpose among those focused on individual NCDs endemic to low-income countries in all disease categories.
    • Create linkages between thought leaders in control of infectious disease, mental health, and noncommunicable disease
    • Highlight the work of several low-income countries who are making strides against NCDs locally and identify effective methods and lessons-learned from those experiences
    • Address health system strengthening issues unique to low-income countries, and issue recommendations, in collaboration with the NCD Alliance, for the UN General Assembly meeting.
  • Organizers welcome questions prior to the Conference and can be directed
russia ministerial conference on ncds and healthy lifestyles agenda item 4
Russia Ministerial Conference on NCDs and Healthy Lifestyles(Agenda Item 4)
  • 28-29 April, Russia Ministerial Conference, Moscow, by invitation only
  • Focus onhealth and non-health sector issues - estimated 600 participants
  • 27 April multi-stakeholder (NCDNet?) forum for civil society and private sector. Alliance advocating for forum outcomes to feed into Ministerial Conference Declaration
  • Conference Steering Committee has met twice (led by WHO and the Russia Deputy Minister of Health), composed of 15 experts – currently no civil society representation
  • Next Steering Committee meeting 26th January in Geneva – Alliance will advocate for civil society to be included
  • Committee members have been invited to share names of experts who will draft the conference papers
  • Russia government views the Ministerial Conference as key stand alone meeting and more than a preparatory meeting for the UN NCD Summit
  • Alliance met Russian Embassy in Geneva who voiced strong support for civil society involvement, said all NGOs in official relations with WHO will be invited to the forum
who executive board agenda item 5
WHO Executive Board (Agenda Item 5)
  • Opens this Monday (17th-25th January)
  • Alliance is disappointed that NCDs are item 14 out of 17 on the Agenda
  • Ministers will discuss WHO Paper 128/17 which focuses on WHOs role in preparation for the UN Summit (on Alliance webpage under Resources)
  • Ex Board Chair: Hungary (also holds the EU Presidency)
  • Alliance will focus on building support for the Summit with key Ex Board members (Hungary, Canada, France, China, Russia, US, Oman and others)
  • Alliance will distribute materials and background information on the UN Summit and will prepare a statement advocating for strong civil society involvement in the Summit
  • Alliance will also focus on ‘making the NCD connection’ with non-NCD NGOs and raising awareness on the Summit.
  • Please contact the Alliance at if you will be attending to arrange to meet a representative of the Alliance
call to action to the cig agenda item 6
Call To Action to the CIG (Agenda Item 6)
  • Join Alliance national campaigns to lobby Head of State or Head of Government to attend Summit – critical to the success of the Summit
  • Those in South-East Asia, Americas, Western-Pacific or Africa Regions, work with Alliance/CIG partners to lobby WHO Regional Officeand Health Minister to include NGOs in the upcoming UN Summit Member State Consultations
  • Mobilize national and local media – use our NCD Summit FAQs (soon in 6 languages) and other supporting materials (posters, advocacy guides) on our website. Lets be creative (we need an army of NCD elephants)
  • Mobilize parliamentarians – to get cross-government support for the Summit and strong national response. Highlighted as key group in Modalities Resolution
  • Write letters – advocacy letters sent so far have been very effective. The Alliance will continue to provide letter templates over the coming months
  • Spread the word - many government policy makers unaware of Summit or are confused eg whose Summit?