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GHF2012 – LS06 – National & Global Non-Communicable Diseases Platforms: The Best Way Forward

Session Outline

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:
  • What are the important components of a global monitoring and accountability framework for NCDs?
  • How can countries be advised and supported to make progress on NCDs?
  • What local (national) and regional level structures need to be in place, e.g. national commissions or agencies responsible for monitoring progress?
  • How should developing countries be supported?
  • How have existing NCD platforms worked? What are some of the key lessons and challenges from these?
  • What are countries views on the involvement of the private sector? Should a platform that has an oversight and monitoring role include private industry?
  • How can private organisations be made accountable to pledges to address NCDs? What is the best way of monitoring private pledges? How can mistrust of the private sector be broken down?
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

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