Location: Geneva

Organization: The Global Health Centre, in cooperation with the NCD Alliance

Commercial determinants of health are factors impacting health which stem from the profit-making motive, and while impacting health in various ways, are particularly closely linked to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This event seeks to debate the impact of the commercial determinants on health by bringing together representatives from the private sector, civil society and government to share their experiences and often trailblazing examples of concrete action for NCD prevention.

Profit making and NCD prevention are often perceived as fundamentally conflicting. The global health community has previously targeted “big tobacco” with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and the demands from civil society and the public health community to similarly tackle “big sugar” are increasing. Some governments have chosen to implement taxes on sugary drinks and foods, others have limited alcohol and tobacco advertising and sales, some businesses have taken measures to prevent NCDs among their customers and shareholders, and financial institutions and large portfolio holders are beginning to divest from health harming industries.

Have these actions been effective, and how have the various actors addressed the related challenges?
What is the role of the private sector as a determinant of health and can it show leadership in the governance of NCDs? How should governments react to private sector initiatives? How does this influence civil society advocacy around NCDs?

The upcoming UN high level meeting on NCDs in 2018 and the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition provide a framework for exploring these questions and defining new ways for collaboration between different actors and stakeholders as mandated by the SDGs.

For More Information: http://graduateinstitute.ch/globalhealth-event25may