International community has "clear roadmap" to combat non-communicable diseases

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John W. Ashe, President of the sixthy-eighth session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The international community needs to implement "a clear roadmap" to combat the threat of non-communicable diseases, according to the President of the General Assembly.

Ambassador John Ashe spoke on Thursday during a meeting with representatives of civil society, the private sector and academia to discuss the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Mr Ashe said people in developing countries are more likely to die from NCDs than in developed countries.

"The probability of dying from any of the major NCDs between the ages of 30 and 70 years ranges from ten per cent in developed countries, to 60 per cent in developing countries. This stark contrast not only suggests the depth and disparity of the problem, but it is also a reminder that global solutions will require the support of all relevant stakeholders." (25")

NCDs include cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease.

This roadmap is based on the political declaration adopted by the General Assembly in 2011 and the World Health Organization's Global Action Plan for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.

Sophie Outwaite, United Nations

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