Keeping prevention on the global health agenda

Our Policy and Public Affairs team is attending the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva this week. Our aim is to ensure that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and prevention are kept on the global health agenda

22 May 2019

This year the WHA is focusing on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Our team is supporting three side events in collaboration with other organisations, including NCD Alliance, World Obesity Federation (WOF), UNICEF, EAT and WaterAid, to keep nutrition and the prevention of NCDs at the forefront of health policy and conversations.

We were a partner in the WOF side event on 21 May entitled, ‘Childhood Obesity and the Global Syndemic: A New Narrative for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet’ at which Fiona Sing, our Policy and Public Affairs Manager, facilitated a round table discussion to consider how countries can take action to address obesity. We will also represent World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) at a round table, led by WaterAid, in our role as part of the International Coalition for Advocacy on Nutrition (ICAN). On 23 May we will attend a session, through our membership of the UK Working Group on NCDs, on UHC and leaving no one behind – a meeting that will explore how we achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

We are also attending other relevant side events hosted throughout the week to represent WCRF and promote the importance of prevention in the UHC agenda, disseminate our Building Momentum reports and discuss our NOURISHING framework and the CO-CREATE project.

We have been a party to statements on two WHA agenda items related to the International Conference on Nutrition, and progress since last year’s UN High Level Meeting on NCDs. We’ve worked in partnership on these statements with NCD Alliance, WOF, World Heart Federation, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and Vital Strategies, as well as our nutrition civil society allies in the ICAN group.

Read the statements here.