US Mission collaborates with Civil Society on Development of Targets for Non-Communicable Diseases
The U.S. Mission was pleased to co-host a roundtable discussion with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and the Kenyan Mission to the United Nations on the development of global targets and indicators for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) ahead of the World Health Assembly in May. John Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society, and HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, Director General of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation, participated in the discussion with leaders of private sector and civil society groups, as well as government representatives. As Douglas Griffiths, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, stated “Today we meet to spur collective global health action to address NCDs and implement programs globally.” HHS Deputy Director for Global Affairs, Jimmy Kolker, added that “Global health challenges posed by NCDs require sustained efforts, commitment and cooperation by the international community... the World Health Assembly in May should capture progress and consensus on NCD targets and indicators.” And John Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society, framed the role of civil society in driving progress on NCDs: “We represent patient community, we can advocate, we can act.”
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