The rapid acceleration of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the developing world is now a major development issue. The UN General Assembly is planning a high-level meeting (Summit) in September 2011 to consider the issue. The Center for Global Development (CGD), in collaboration with the Institute of Medicine (IOM), will highlight the findings of two recent reports: a new CGD report about donor funding for NCDs, to be released at the event, and the IOM report, Promoting Cardiovascular Health in the Developing World, released in Spring 2010. Panelists from multilateral and NGO organizations will respond to the recommendations and discuss how different stakeholders should prepare for the Summit and what the ‘asks” should be.
On Monday, November 1, 2010 the Center for Global Development was pleased to host, along with the Institute of Medicine, What’s on the Agenda? Assessing the UN Summit on Non-communicable Diseases, featuring presentations by Rachel Nugent, Deputy Director of Global Health, CGD and Derek Yach, Senior Vice President of Global Health Policy, PepsiCo. Ambassador Richard Bernal, Alternate Executive Director, Inter-American Development Bank provided the opening remarks and served as moderator. Discussants included James Hospedales, Senior Advisor, Prevention & Control of Chronic Diseases, Pan-American Health Organization, Julian Schweitzer, Principal, Results for Development Institute and Peter Lamptey, President of Public Health Programs, Family Health International.