Location: Geneva

Organization: The Global Health Centre

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of premature death globally. The NCDs epidemic has consequences spanning beyond the health of populations to the economy and development of countries. Effectively addressing its main risk factors, such as unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, tobacco use and harmful use of alcohol is one of the key strategies to combat NCDs. Progress at both domestic and global levels has been slow. However, with the inclusion of NCDs in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development a window of opportunity for renewed political commitment is emerging.

Uruguay’s commitment to the control of NCDs is widely recognised, in particular with regard to the national measures successfully adopted for the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Priority is given to strong action on NCDs governance and regulatory frameworks. This year, the country is hosting, in collaboration with the WHO, the Global Conference on NCDs on 18-20 October 2017 in Montevideo, aiming at increasing policy coherence for accelerated action for NCD prevention and control.

The Global Health Centre has the honour to welcome the President of the Government of Uruguay, Dr Tabaré Vázquez to share his approach and experiences to combat NCDs.

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