This session is organized in partnership with Global Health Europe
Lunch session LS06, Friday, April 20 2012, 12:30-14:00, Room 2
The recent UN High level meeting on non communicable diseases (NCDs) and the ensuing Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of NCDs acknowledged the NCD epidemic and its impact upon both developed and developing countries. The WHO has developed an action plan for NCDs and is establishing a monitoring and evaluation framework by the end of 2012. Many questions arise as to the best way forward for the monitoring and accountability of NCD strategies.
The Political Declaration supports the inclusion of civil society including private industry within NCD strategies and their monitoring. Internationally, there are a number of diet and physical activity ‘platforms’, which include the food and beverage industry, that aim to tackle NCD risk factors. These could provide lessons for a new international platform on NCDs. However, WHO Member States have mixed views regarding the role of the private sector within strategies and governance processes. The question arises as to whether an international platform with an oversight and monitoring role should involve private industry. In addition, many of these platforms are in developed countries and may need to be adjusted for developing country contexts. For example, investment in capacity building and resources of low income countries is necessary in order to develop accountability and monitoring mechanisms. It has also been suggested that a combination oflegislation and voluntary strategies for private industry should be considered when developing an NCD strategy – and that voluntary strategies should be used where legislative and institutional frameworks are weak. This session will consider some examples of NCD platforms and some key questions for debate on the development of NCD platforms.
Some questions to consider during this session are:
|Chair: Samantha Battams, Global Health Europe, Global Health Programme, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland|
|Gaudenz Silberschmidt, International Affairs Division, Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, Bern, Switzerland|
|Judith Watt, NCD Alliance, London, UK|
|Olivier Raynaud, World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland|
|Ruth Veale, Environment and Safety Department, BEUC (the European Consumers’ Organisation), Brussels, Belgium|
|Ryoji Noritake, Health and Global Policy Institute, Tokio, Japan|