19 Sept: UN summit discusses ways to curb death toll from non-communicable diseases
The United Nations heard calls today for an all-out attack on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer and diabetes with a summit meeting devoted to curbing the factors, like tobacco and alcohol use, behind the often preventable scourge that causes 63 per cent of all deaths.

The two-day high-level General Assembly meeting, attended by more than 30 heads of State and Government and at least 100 other senior ministers and experts, is discussing a draft declaration calling for a multi-pronged campaign by governments, industry and civil society to set up by 2013 the plans needed to curb the risk factors behind the four groups of NCDs cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes.

More information: http://www.who.int/nmh/events/un_ncd_summit2011/en/index.html

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