On the 27 September 2018, political leaders from around the world came together at the third United Nations (UN) High-level Meeting on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) to review progress to date and set out a route to reinvigorate action to achieve the global NCD targets.
This was the first such comprehensive review since the adoption of the Agenda 2030 (or the Sustainable Development Goals), which include targets 3.4, to reduce premature mortality by one-third, and 3.8, achieving universal health coverage including financial risk protection. These meetings use the UN’s highest decision-making forum to bring together Heads of Governments from across the world to address issues of global importance – for cancer and NCDs this was an important opportunity to push NCDs up the national agendas and build political commitments through an Outcome Document to drive action nationally. Interested in finding out more about why these meetings matter?
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