The Final Draft of the Political Declaration, that will be adopted by Member States at the third United Nations High Level Meeting (UN HLM) on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), is now available.
20 September 2018
The UN HLM provides a vital opportunity to ensure increased political commitment to prevent cancer and other NCDs. After months of negotiation, the final text of the Political Declaration that will be adopted by Member States next week at the UN Headquarters in New York is now available to read.
World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) International commends the Final Draft Political Declaration for acknowledging and calling for:
However, we feel that significant weaknesses exist in the Political Declaration, including:
We will be attending the UN HLM next week and call for governments to step up their efforts to prevent cancer and other NCDs. This must include addressing the weaknesses in the current Final Draft Political Declaration, such as recognising the importance of price and taxation as effective public health measures.
For more information on implementing an effective sugar-sweetened beverage tax, see our latest policy brief.
Read the statement we made at the interactive hearing in New York on NCDs earlier this year as part of the preparatory process toward the UN HLM.