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European high-level consultation on noncommunicable diseases

Place: Oslo, Norway
Date: 25–26 November 2010

European health officials will meet in Oslo as part of the global build-up to the world's first UN heads of state summit on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) next September.

The European consultation on NCDs is a critical step in campaign to reduce death and suffering caused by diseases including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and chronic lung diseases.

The meeting, hosted by Norway and co-sponsored by WHO and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, will also discuss support for the implementation of the 2008-2013 Action Plan for the Global strategy for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases.

Each year, 60% of deaths in all age groups are due to NCDs, accounting for 35 million people. More than 80% of these deaths are caused by heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancers and chronic lung disease. Of these, 9 million are people aged under 60 years and are deaths that could have been prevented.

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