This week's "Photo of the Week" comes to us from Eric Bridiers with U.S. Mission Geneva and shows participants in the roundtable on non-communicable disease (NCDs) targets and indicators.
The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), U.S. Mission Geneva, and the Mission of Panama co-hosted this roundtable to discuss the development of targets and indicators for the prevention and control of NCDs. U.S. Ambassador Betty E. King delivered opening remarks where she pointed out that the United States is "strongly committed to raising profile of NCDs as a major global public health concern" as NCDs account for 70 percent of U.S. deaths and limits the daily activities of nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population. She reminded the audience, which included civil society, private sector representatives, and fellow UN diplomats, that "NCDs are truly a global problem and will require action from each of us to turn the tide." The audience also heard from Dr. John Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society; Mr. Michel Rudolphie, CEO of the Dutch Cancer Society; Ambassador Jessie Solano de Marach of Panama; and Dr. Oleg Chestnov, Assistant Director-General for NCDs and Mental Health at the World Health Organization.
Ambassador King went on to say, "Communities, civil society organizations and the private sector each have important roles to play, collaborating with governments, in a clear and transparent manner, to identify and implement solutions to NCDs. The United States continues to be strongly committed to raising the profile of NCDs as a major global public health concern. We look forward to completing the important work of establishing the global monitoring framework and global action plan, and together to reach the global targets on NCDs."
To learn more about our efforts to address the challenges of NCDs, take a look at this fact sheet.