Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

Civil society interactive hearing on noncommunicable diseases on 16 June 2011

Submissions on the Interactive hearing have now closed.

About the event

In accordance with the request of the UN General Assembly, the President of the General Assembly Mr Joseph Deiss is organizing an informal interactive hearing on 16 June in New York with non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, the private sector and academia.

The outcomes of the hearing will provide an input to the preparatory process for the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) shall be held on 19-20 September 2011 in New York. Background information on the UN high level meeting and the various events that have informed the preparatory process are available online (see "Related links").

Civil Society Taskforce

A Civil Society Taskforce has been established by the President of the General Assembly to advise him on the format of and participation in the Interactive Hearing and on Civil Society input into the high-level meeting in September. The members of the Civil Society Taskforce are:

  • Dr Nooshin Bazargani, Secretary, World Heart Federation
  • Dr Eduardo Cazap, President, International Union for Cancer Control (Co-Chair)
  • Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, Founder and Project Coordinator, Gonoshasthaya Kendra
  • Ms Rachel Kitonyo, Project Co-ordinator, Africa Tobacco Control Consortium
  • Dr Jean-Claude Mbanya, President, International Diabetes Federation (Co-Chair)
  • Mr Matthew Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
  • Dr Olivier Raynaud, Senior Director, Global Health and Healthcare Sector, World Economic Forum

Format of the interactive hearing

The Taskforce has proposed the following format for the interactive hearing.

  • An opening plenary with participation by the President of the General Assembly, a representative of the Secretary-General, the World Health Organization, and guest speakers.
  • Three consecutive roundtable sessions. The format for the roundtables will be brief opening comments by a speaker and panelists, invited comments from the floor, followed by moderated discussion involving all participants. The themes of the three roundtables are:
    • The scale of the challenge presented by NCDs
    • National and local solutions for NCD prevention and control.
    • What is needed to enhance global cooperation to address NCDs?
  • A closing plenary session.

A number of representatives from non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, the private sector and academia have registered to be eligible to attend the Informal Interactive Hearing on Non-communicable Diseases on 16 June 2011 and the subsequent High-level meeting of the General Assembly.

For those civil non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, private sector and academic groups not able to attend the interactive hearing on 16 June, the Civil Society Taskforce is pleased to announce that there is an opportunity to provide input ahead of the hearing to inform both the conduct of the hearing and the subsequent report on the outcomes of the hearing, which will be shared with Member States.

  • The specific contribution of Civil Society in NCD prevention and control and how this can be most effective
  • Lessons learnt from the success of Civil Society and previous social mobilization efforts to address health and development challenges
  • Specific outcomes that could be recommended for inclusion in the outcomes document being developed for the September high-level meeting on NCDs.

Civil society interactive hearing on NCDs

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