Chronic diseases and health promotion

UN tackles noncommunicable diseases

The UN General Assembly is holding the first High-level Meeting on preventing and controlling noncommunicable diseases in September 2011. It offers an historic chance to prioritize action against cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular and chronic lung diseases, which kill over 35 million people annually and have major development and socioeconomic impacts.

News and events

4 February 2011

Physical activity can help reduce risk of some cancers

21 January 2011

Reducing the marketing of unhealthy foods to children


Online Q & A

Find answers to common questions regarding chronic disease.


Video gallery

A selection of short videos that bring to life the many issues surrounding chronic diseases.

Photo stories

Personal stories that aim to demonstrate the strong impact of chronic diseases on individuals and their families.

Fact files

Some startling facts about chronic diseases. Check your knowledge.