On May 13th 2010, the UN General Assembly voted in favor of a Resolution calling for a UN High-Level Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in September 2011. The NCD Alliance was heavily involved in advocating for the UN to hold this high-level summit. The Alliance is comprised of: The International Diabetes Federation, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Union for International Cancer Control, World Heart Federation.
The Alliance represents four major NCDs including: cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. The NCD Alliance has created a movement beyond the four federations, called the Common Interest Group (CIG). This Group, of which KHCF is a part of, represents more than 900 member organizations in 170 countries.
The NCD Alliance has six long-term objectives:
- Governments to be accountable and measured on NCD Plans
- Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) to be fully implemented
- A global commitment to prevent the preventable
- Resources to deliver global NCD interventions
- NCDs in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) successor goals
- Globally agreed approaches to NCD treatment and care
The NCD Alliance and its global network of partners have brought together expert thinking and practical experience of NCDs and their common risk factors to draw up a detailed program of action for UN Member States to consider as a template for a strong Outcomes Document in the UN High Level Meeting that took place in September 2011.
The Proposed Outcomes Document contains 34 carefully considered recommendations that should be the basis of the political response to NCDs. These are grouped under 8 headings: Leadership, Prevention, Diagnostics and Treatment, Health Systems, Resources, Research, Human Rights/Vulnerability and Monitoring/Follow Up.