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International Community Recognizes Need for Prevention

It was a ground-breaking event this week at the United Nations, where the world’s highest-level leaders came together to recognize the importance of addressing the worldwide chronic disease epidemic. Framing their discussion was a report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), a specialized UN authority on international public health.

“The prognosis is grim,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, commenting on the report’s findings. “According to WHO, deaths from NCDs will increase by 17 percent in the next decade.” Read the WHO Report.

But the outcome of the summit was more hopeful. In a comprehensive declaration, the UN outlined efforts devoted to curbing risk factors associated with chronic disease, including lack of physical activity. The declaration calls for greater measures at global, regional and national levels to prevent and control chronic diseases. “This will be a massive effort, but I am convinced we can succeed,” Ki-moon told the Summit’s opening session.

For more information on the UN meeting, click here.