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Basel, May 17, 2017 - On World Hypertension Day 2017, the Novartis Foundation and its partners, including Intel Corporation, the NCD Alliance, city governments and local partners, announce the launch of Better Hearts Better Cities, an innovative initiative to address the high rates of high blood pressure (hypertension) in low-income urban communities. Rapid urbanization in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has deepened health inequities and increased pressure on already under-resourced urban infrastructures and services. This is critical in LMICs which face a growing health crisis of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases, with almost 75% of the global NCD deaths occurring in LMICs.[1] The Novartis Foundation is taking ambitious steps to tackle hypertension, the prime risk factor for cardiovascular disease, in low-income urban communities. Better Hearts Better Cities convenes multisector partners - from food suppliers to health authorities, employers and city planners - to contribute expertise and resources for local solutions that improve cardiovascular health in cities. The innovative approach is being tested in three cities, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Dakar, Senegal, and a city in Brazil to be announced later this year. "To thrive, cities must become ecosystems of health and wellbeing, where each part works toward the same goal of improving people's quality of life. No single actor can tackle hypertension alone and multisector innovation is needed. This is the driving force behind Better Hearts Better Cities. We plan to create a network of partners to co-design, implement and evaluate interventions that strengthen urban health systems while seeking to innovate the way prevention and care is provided," said Ann Aerts, Head of the Novartis Foundation. "Cities in LMICs can be made healthier places only through close collaboration, with clear benefits to be gained by employers, governments and communities alike in taking joint action to support a healthy workforce" said Katie Dain, Executive Director of the NCD Alliance, the initiative's global NCD advocacy and workplace partner. "Our priority is to strengthen NCD prevention and control by uniting and strengthening the civil society networks in low-income urban areas to stimulate advocacy, action and accountability." Information and communication technology (ICT), or digital technology, is an integral part of Better Hearts Better Cities. Intel Corporation, as digital advisor for this initiative, provides in-kind support by performing ICT assessments in the three cities. Intel plans to utilize the insights together with the other partners to design a more sustainable health system that incorporates next generation technology infrastructure alongside improvements in care delivery. "The affordability constraints and lack of existing healthcare infrastructure in LMICs  actually represent a great opportunity to leapfrog over mature markets, because we can bypass costly development stages that are just not realistic there," said Jennifer Esposito, General Manager, Global Health and Life Sciences at Intel Corporation. "We're excited to apply our technology expertise and collaborate on novel approaches that help deliver care at significantly lower costs while improving access and increasing quality." Progress in Ulaanbaatar Implementation of the initiative is most advanced in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia and home to half of the country's population, around 1.4 million people.[2] In this capital city, also one of the world's most polluted cities,[3] more than 25% of the population suffer from hypertension[4] and cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death, accounting for over 40% of the annual deaths.[5] Better Hearts Better Cities partners, including Onom Foundation, Ulaanbaatar City Municipal Government and Health Department, National Insurance Fund and the Mongolian Chamber of Commerce, seek to address determining factors such as high salt consumption and poor diet,[6] and are co-developing and implementing a first wave of interventions to improve quality and efficiency of care as well as health literacy. About the Novartis Foundation The Novartis Foundation is a philanthropic organization which strives to have sustainable impact on the health of low-income communities through a combination of programmatic work, health outcomes research, and its translation into policy to tackle global health challenges. We work hand-in-hand with local and global partners to catalyze sustainable healthcare models to improve access and health outcomes, and to accelerate efforts to eliminate leprosy and malaria by focusing on interventions that aim to interrupt transmission. Everything we do is grounded in evidence and innovation, and our work is a continuous cycle of evaluation, adaptation and application. In 2016, the operational budget for the Foundation was CHF 15 million and our programs reached 8.9 million people. For more information, please visit: www.novartisfoundation.org www.youtube.com/novartisfoundation Novartis Foundation is on Twitter. Sign up to follow @NovartisFDN at https://twitter.com/NovartisFDN References [1] World Health Organization, Global status report on non-communicable diseases, 2014, [p.xi] [2] Mongolian Statistical Information Service. 2015. Available at http://www.1212.mn/statHtml/statHtml.do?orgId=976&tblId=DT_NSO_0300_004V1&conn_path=I2&language=en [3] WHO Global Health Observatory - City Level Exposure 2016. Available at http://apps.who.int/gho/data/view.main.AMBIENTCITY2016?lang=en [4] World Health Organization. STEPS Survey Mongolia. 2013 [5] Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, 2015. Available at http://www.healthdata.org/mongolia [6] WHO. Salt reduction in Mongolia. Available at http://www.wpro.who.int/world_health_day/2013/measuring_and_reducing_salt_MNG.pdf?ua=1


Basel, May 17, 2017 - On World Hypertension Day 2017, the Novartis Foundation and its partners, including Intel Corporation, the NCD Alliance, city governments and local partners, announce the launch of Better Hearts Better Cities, an innovative initiative to address the high rates of high blood pressure (hypertension) in low-income urban communities. Rapid urbanization in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has deepened health inequities and increased pressure on already under-resourced urban infrastructures and services. This is critical in LMICs which face a growing health crisis of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases, with almost 75% of the global NCD deaths occurring in LMICs.[1] The Novartis Foundation is taking ambitious steps to tackle hypertension, the prime risk factor for cardiovascular disease, in low-income urban communities. Better Hearts Better Cities convenes multisector partners - from food suppliers to health authorities, employers and city planners - to contribute expertise and resources for local solutions that improve cardiovascular health in cities. The innovative approach is being tested in three cities, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Dakar, Senegal, and a city in Brazil to be announced later this year. "To thrive, cities must become ecosystems of health and wellbeing, where each part works toward the same goal of improving people's quality of life. No single actor can tackle hypertension alone and multisector innovation is needed. This is the driving force behind Better Hearts Better Cities. We plan to create a network of partners to co-design, implement and evaluate interventions that strengthen urban health systems while seeking to innovate the way prevention and care is provided," said Ann Aerts, Head of the Novartis Foundation. "Cities in LMICs can be made healthier places only through close collaboration, with clear benefits to be gained by employers, governments and communities alike in taking joint action to support a healthy workforce" said Katie Dain, Executive Director of the NCD Alliance, the initiative's global NCD advocacy and workplace partner. "Our priority is to strengthen NCD prevention and control by uniting and strengthening the civil society networks in low-income urban areas to stimulate advocacy, action and accountability." Information and communication technology (ICT), or digital technology, is an integral part of Better Hearts Better Cities. Intel Corporation, as digital advisor for this initiative, provides in-kind support by performing ICT assessments in the three cities. Intel plans to utilize the insights together with the other partners to design a more sustainable health system that incorporates next generation technology infrastructure alongside improvements in care delivery. "The affordability constraints and lack of existing healthcare infrastructure in LMICs  actually represent a great opportunity to leapfrog over mature markets, because we can bypass costly development stages that are just not realistic there," said Jennifer Esposito, General Manager, Global Health and Life Sciences at Intel Corporation. "We're excited to apply our technology expertise and collaborate on novel approaches that help deliver care at significantly lower costs while improving access and increasing quality." Progress in Ulaanbaatar Implementation of the initiative is most advanced in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia and home to half of the country's population, around 1.4 million people.[2] In this capital city, also one of the world's most polluted cities,[3] more than 25% of the population suffer from hypertension[4] and cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death, accounting for over 40% of the annual deaths.[5] Better Hearts Better Cities partners, including Onom Foundation, Ulaanbaatar City Municipal Government and Health Department, National Insurance Fund and the Mongolian Chamber of Commerce, seek to address determining factors such as high salt consumption and poor diet,[6] and are co-developing and implementing a first wave of interventions to improve quality and efficiency of care as well as health literacy. About the Novartis Foundation The Novartis Foundation is a philanthropic organization which strives to have sustainable impact on the health of low-income communities through a combination of programmatic work, health outcomes research, and its translation into policy to tackle global health challenges. We work hand-in-hand with local and global partners to catalyze sustainable healthcare models to improve access and health outcomes, and to accelerate efforts to eliminate leprosy and malaria by focusing on interventions that aim to interrupt transmission. Everything we do is grounded in evidence and innovation, and our work is a continuous cycle of evaluation, adaptation and application. In 2016, the operational budget for the Foundation was CHF 15 million and our programs reached 8.9 million people. For more information, please visit: www.novartisfoundation.org www.youtube.com/novartisfoundation Novartis Foundation is on Twitter. Sign up to follow @NovartisFDN at https://twitter.com/NovartisFDN References [1] World Health Organization, Global status report on non-communicable diseases, 2014, [p.xi] [2] Mongolian Statistical Information Service. 2015. Available at http://www.1212.mn/statHtml/statHtml.do?orgId=976&tblId=DT_NSO_0300_004V1&conn_path=I2&language=en [3] WHO Global Health Observatory - City Level Exposure 2016. Available at http://apps.who.int/gho/data/view.main.AMBIENTCITY2016?lang=en [4] World Health Organization. STEPS Survey Mongolia. 2013 [5] Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, 2015. Available at http://www.healthdata.org/mongolia [6] WHO. Salt reduction in Mongolia. Available at http://www.wpro.who.int/world_health_day/2013/measuring_and_reducing_salt_MNG.pdf?ua=1


Basel, May 17, 2017 - On World Hypertension Day 2017, the Novartis Foundation and its partners, including Intel Corporation, the NCD Alliance, city governments and local partners, announce the launch of Better Hearts Better Cities, an innovative initiative to address the high rates of high blood pressure (hypertension) in low-income urban communities. Rapid urbanization in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has deepened health inequities and increased pressure on already under-resourced urban infrastructures and services. This is critical in LMICs which face a growing health crisis of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases, with almost 75% of the global NCD deaths occurring in LMICs.[1] The Novartis Foundation is taking ambitious steps to tackle hypertension, the prime risk factor for cardiovascular disease, in low-income urban communities. Better Hearts Better Cities convenes multisector partners - from food suppliers to health authorities, employers and city planners - to contribute expertise and resources for local solutions that improve cardiovascular health in cities. The innovative approach is being tested in three cities, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Dakar, Senegal, and a city in Brazil to be announced later this year. "To thrive, cities must become ecosystems of health and wellbeing, where each part works toward the same goal of improving people's quality of life. No single actor can tackle hypertension alone and multisector innovation is needed. This is the driving force behind Better Hearts Better Cities. We plan to create a network of partners to co-design, implement and evaluate interventions that strengthen urban health systems while seeking to innovate the way prevention and care is provided," said Ann Aerts, Head of the Novartis Foundation. "Cities in LMICs can be made healthier places only through close collaboration, with clear benefits to be gained by employers, governments and communities alike in taking joint action to support a healthy workforce" said Katie Dain, Executive Director of the NCD Alliance, the initiative's global NCD advocacy and workplace partner. "Our priority is to strengthen NCD prevention and control by uniting and strengthening the civil society networks in low-income urban areas to stimulate advocacy, action and accountability." Information and communication technology (ICT), or digital technology, is an integral part of Better Hearts Better Cities. Intel Corporation, as digital advisor for this initiative, provides in-kind support by performing ICT assessments in the three cities. Intel plans to utilize the insights together with the other partners to design a more sustainable health system that incorporates next generation technology infrastructure alongside improvements in care delivery. "The affordability constraints and lack of existing healthcare infrastructure in LMICs  actually represent a great opportunity to leapfrog over mature markets, because we can bypass costly development stages that are just not realistic there," said Jennifer Esposito, General Manager, Global Health and Life Sciences at Intel Corporation. "We're excited to apply our technology expertise and collaborate on novel approaches that help deliver care at significantly lower costs while improving access and increasing quality." Progress in Ulaanbaatar Implementation of the initiative is most advanced in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia and home to half of the country's population, around 1.4 million people.[2] In this capital city, also one of the world's most polluted cities,[3] more than 25% of the population suffer from hypertension[4] and cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death, accounting for over 40% of the annual deaths.[5] Better Hearts Better Cities partners, including Onom Foundation, Ulaanbaatar City Municipal Government and Health Department, National Insurance Fund and the Mongolian Chamber of Commerce, seek to address determining factors such as high salt consumption and poor diet,[6] and are co-developing and implementing a first wave of interventions to improve quality and efficiency of care as well as health literacy. About the Novartis Foundation The Novartis Foundation is a philanthropic organization which strives to have sustainable impact on the health of low-income communities through a combination of programmatic work, health outcomes research, and its translation into policy to tackle global health challenges. We work hand-in-hand with local and global partners to catalyze sustainable healthcare models to improve access and health outcomes, and to accelerate efforts to eliminate leprosy and malaria by focusing on interventions that aim to interrupt transmission. Everything we do is grounded in evidence and innovation, and our work is a continuous cycle of evaluation, adaptation and application. In 2016, the operational budget for the Foundation was CHF 15 million and our programs reached 8.9 million people. For more information, please visit: www.novartisfoundation.org www.youtube.com/novartisfoundation Novartis Foundation is on Twitter. Sign up to follow @NovartisFDN at https://twitter.com/NovartisFDN References [1] World Health Organization, Global status report on non-communicable diseases, 2014, [p.xi] [2] Mongolian Statistical Information Service. 2015. Available at http://www.1212.mn/statHtml/statHtml.do?orgId=976&tblId=DT_NSO_0300_004V1&conn_path=I2&language=en [3] WHO Global Health Observatory - City Level Exposure 2016. Available at http://apps.who.int/gho/data/view.main.AMBIENTCITY2016?lang=en [4] World Health Organization. STEPS Survey Mongolia. 2013 [5] Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, 2015. Available at http://www.healthdata.org/mongolia [6] WHO. Salt reduction in Mongolia. Available at http://www.wpro.who.int/world_health_day/2013/measuring_and_reducing_salt_MNG.pdf?ua=1


News Article | December 19, 2016
Site: www.theguardian.com

Novo Nordisk built a research partnership with C40, the global mayor’s partnership on climate, to map the co-benefits of climate and health. For example, city bikes and bike lines contribute to improving climate (lower particle pollution, lower CO2) and improved health (exercise). Niels Lund, vice president, Novo Nordisk and Cities Changing Diabetes, @lund_niels Our Lancet Series on urban design transport and health, emphasised that cities need more than bike share programmes, cycle paths and sidewalks to promote health. To ensure equity, we need to think about local urban design and regional planning to ensure accessibility to work by public transport, minimise parking and redistribute employment across regions. This requires integrated planning. Billie Giles-Corti, lead of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Healthy Liveable Communities, @billiegc In cities such as Bogotá, Addis Ababa, Mumbai and São Paulo, 50% of traffic fatalities are among pedestrians, and another 20-30% are among cyclists. If we want to increase physical activity, we need to work on making biking and walking safe for all. The Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative for global road safety has created a network of 10 cities in Africa, Latin America and Asia that are actively working on improving safety. Claudia Adriazola, director, health and road safety, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, @cadriazola Transport can be the cause of poor health through physical inactivity, air quality and noise, but it can also be the cure – through active travel and improving air quality. People who are physically active have a 20-35% reduced risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, a 40-45 % reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and 35-50% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Susan Claris, associate director, transport planning, Arup In 2015, Washington DC entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Iberdrola Renewables (pdf). The PPA prevents the release of air pollutants such as soot, smog and mercury that are harmful to human health. Wind power procured under the PPA will supply roughly one-third of the district government’s electricity from a 46MW wind farm. The district does not pay for the wind farm itself, but agrees to purchase 125,000 to 150,000 MWh of wind electricity every year at a fixed rate 30% lower than fossil fuel power. Jess Beagley, policy research officer, NCD Alliance, @JessicaBeagley The Institute for Market Transformation works with local governments committed to reducing energy and carbon emissions attributed to buildings. The cities participating in the City Energy Project, which we co-lead with NRDC [Natural Resources Defense Council], are often motivated by energy and health benefits alike. Our private sector engagement is largely with the real estate community (building owners and managers, service companies and relevant NGOs). This collaborative approach ensures the programmes and policies are effective in reducing emissions, but are not overly burdensome for those who must comply. Julie Hughes, director, Institute for Market Transformation We need to find more holistic approaches to place-based healthcare. Two good examples of these new models of care in the UK are Northfield in Stoke-on-Trent where a range of housing options enable people to continue to live at home with supporting preventative services, a community hub, a doctors surgery and a specialist dementia home. Also in the UK is the Nelson health centre in south London. It’s an integrated health centre, outpatient and diagnostics services and specialist rehabilitation care for elderly patients as well as a private sector extra care housing scheme of 50 flats. Laurence Carmichael, head, WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments, @laurencecarmich At the World Health Organisation we developed the Urban HEART tool that enables communities and cities to collect a limited set of health, governance and socio-economic indicators; to analyse it, and to translate it easily for decision makers. Using evidence from the WHO’s commission on social determinants of health, Urban HEART encourages policymakers to develop a holistic approach in tackling health equity. Officials in nearly 50 countries have been trained on using Urban HEART. Alex Ross, director, World Health Organisation Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre), @directorwkc Detroit is the first American city to use Urban HEART. The critical ingredient is educating departments about where and how health needs to involved, usually much earlier and more critically. Our core efforts centre around leveraging health to disrupt intergenerational poverty, focusing on those health outcomes that drive poverty among children. Detroit is the poorest city in the US with health outcomes that mirror that. Abdul el-Sayed, director, Detroit Health Department, @AbdulelSayed Elected officials have to be on board and ensure they look good too. We’ve tried to ensure that elected officials don’t see us as competition or risky business, but as strengthening partners. In some cases you can overcome that mutual suspicion. In others you won’t, and you’ll have to be stubborn enough to prove the concept and work with those that support you. Having citizen approval and support is critical: we had a petition signed by more than 20,000 people asking for the project to succeed. Federico Cartín Arteaga, director, Rutas Naturbanas, @fedecartin Join our community of development professionals and humanitarians. Follow @GuardianGDP on Twitter.


The 6th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting opens today amid growing concern about fractures in Asia's elderly populations; focus placed on new research and clinical advances in osteoporosis prevention and treatment The burden of osteoporosis in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to surge in the coming decades. Countries such as Singapore, Japan and Korea are among the high-risk countries for osteoporosis related fractures. Throughout the region, and particularly in China, a vast elderly population will drive a huge rise in the socio-economic burden of the disease. In fact, it is expected that by 2050 more than half of the world's hip fractures will occur in Asia. Faced with this epidemic of fractures, close to 800 health professionals from more than 45 countries will gather today in Singapore for the opening of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Regionals 6th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting. The Meeting is organized by IOF in cooperation with the Endocrine and Metabolic Society of Singapore (EMSS) and the Osteoporosis Society Singapore (OSS). As Guest of Honour, Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Environment and Water Resources and the Ministry of Health of Singapore, will present the welcome address. Meeting Co-Chair Dato' Dr Joon-Kiong Lee, Chair of the Asia Pacific/South Africa Regional Advisory Council of International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), President, Osteoporosis Awareness Society of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor (OASKLS), Malaysia and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Assunta Hospital/Beacon Hospital Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, said: "The burden of fractures and health care costs for managing them are rising exponentially in the Asia Pacific region. Prevention spans the entire life-course, starting in the womb with good maternal nutrition, and extending to falls and fracture prevention in the very elderly. If we all take concerted action to prevent fractures, including secondary fractures in the most high-risk individuals, we can reduce the human and socioeconomic burden of fractures in the Asia Pacific region." Further highlights will include the presentation of five IOF Young Investigator Awards for outstanding research, and a special session addressing successful approaches for integrated care within the scope of Non Communicable Diseases, co-hosted by IOF and the NCD Alliance. In addition, the importance of integrating orthopaedic and medical care to improve the standard of care and primary management of patients suffering from osteoporosis will be recognized during the Opening Ceremony through the joint IOF and Asia-Pacific Orthopaedic Association (APOA) Working Group. As Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, Dr Siok-Bee Chionh, Senior Consultant in the Division of Endocrinology, University Medicine Cluster, National University Hospital, stated: "This meeting will bring together researchers and clinicians from around the region working in the fields of prevention and management of bone loss, muscle loss, falls and fractures, all of which are important issues affecting the rapidly-ageing populations of Singapore and many other Asian countries. We look forward to the state-of-the-art presentations that will improve our efforts to promote not just longevity but healthy ageing in older people." Dr Manju Chandran, Scientific Programme Committee Co-chair, Director and Senior Consultant, Osteoporosis and Bone Metabolism Unit, Department of Endocrinology, Singapore General Hospital also stated: "We are facing a tsunami of Diabetes and Osteoporosis in the Asia Pacific Region. In less than 10 years, the number of type 2 diabetes patients in South East Asia is estimated to be more than 80 million and by the year 2050, half the world's osteoporotic hip fractures are predicted to occur in Asia. Most people may not know or think of fragility fractures as a complication associated with diabetes. The CME-accredited scientific programme will include the latest research on the management of osteoporosis in diabetes, as well as cover other important aspects of osteoporosis prevention and management, rare side effects of medications, sarcopenia, secondary fracture prevention, and novel treatments." The IOF Regionals will be held at the Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre from November 4-6, 2016. Abstracts from the meeting will be published in Osteoporosis International, Volume 27, Suppl. 3, 2016. Organized by IOF in cooperation with the Endocrine and Metabolic Society of Singapore (EMSS) and the Osteoporosis Society Singapore (OSS), the 6th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting is being held in Singapore from November 4-6, 2016 at the SUNTEC Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre. The IOF Regionals have been a key educational and research forum in the Asia-Pacific region since 2010. Past Meetings have been held in Taipei, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Australia, and Singapore. http://www. The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is the world's largest nongovernmental organization dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases. IOF members, including committees of scientific researchers, leading companies, as well as more than 234 patient, medical and research societies in 99 locations, work together to make bone, joint and muscle health a worldwide heath care priority. http://www. / http://www. @iofbonehealth


News Article | December 2, 2016
Site: www.theguardian.com

As our planet faces increasing urbanisation, public health experts are spearheading innovation for adjusting to this. We know that cities can make us ill: according to figures from the International Diabetes Federation, in 2014 there were 387 million people globally suffering from diabetes and in 2015 there were 415 million people living with the disease. Two-thirds of those people live in cities, experiencing poor diet and sedentary lifestyles. And our mental health suffers in cities, too. Urban living has been found to raise the risk of anxiety and mood disorders by 21% and 39% respectively. While half the world population currently lives in a city, this is predicted to rise to two-thirds by 2050. As they grow, cities will play a crucial role in finding solutions to many of our greatest public health challenges, from obesity and diabetes to communicable diseases like tuberculosis. With public health systems overstretched, and local governments pressed on all sides for resources and money, innovative solutions are needed. Public-private partnerships (PPPs) could be a source of new thinking, getting projects off the ground. So how can cities best build on PPPs to create health systems and fresh thinking so that our urban world will be a healthy one? How can public health bodies capitalise on the skills of the private sector without losing control? How can cities ensure equal access to healthcare for all residents? And what role should city mayors and other local government figures play in establishing innovative partnerships for health? Join an expert panel on Thursday 8 December, from 2pm to 3.30pm GMT, to discuss these questions and more. Niels Lund, vice president, Novo Nordisk and Cities Changing Diabetes spokesperson, Copenhagen, Denmark @lund_niels Cities Changing Diabetes is a programme to address the huge urban diabetes challenge. Niels has had an extensive career in international development with assignments for Unicef and the World Bank. Abdul El-Sayed, executive director and health officer, City of Detroit, United States @AbdulElSayed Abdul is turning around the fortunes of healthcare in one of America’s poorest cities, working with a variety of partners from all sectors. Laurence Carmichael, head, WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments, UWE, Bristol, UK @laurencecarmich Laurence contributes to healthy cities research, consultancy and teaching in collaboration with local, national and international stakeholders including WHO-Europe. Julie Hughes, director, Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), co-director, City Energy Project, Washington DC, US The City Energy Project is a national initiative to create healthier and more prosperous American cities by improving the energy efficiency of buildings. IMT seeks market-based solutions to today’s climate and energy challenges. Susan Claris, associate director, transport consulting, Arup, London, UK, @Susan Claris Susan is a transport planner and anthropologist who has worked for Arup for more than twenty years. She has a particular interest in the many benefits that arise from making cities more walkable. Claudia Adirazola, director, Health and Road Safety, WRI Ross Center For Sustainable Cities, Washington DC, US Claudia works on a global strategy for addressing the public health impact of urban transportation and urban development. She has a background in the public sector in her home country of Peru. Tim Grandage, managing trustee, Future Hope, Kolkata, India Tim founded Future Hope, a charity that works with vulnerable children in Kolkata’s streets and slums, in 1987. Federico Cartin Arteaga, director, Rutas Naturbanas, San José, Costa Rica, @fedecartin Federico is an economist and urban planner. Rutas Naturbanas aims to revitalise urban rivers – to allow people to bike, walk and run – and eventually restore these water sheds. Alex Ross, director, World Health Organisation (WHO) Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre), Kobe, Japan, @directorwkc The WHO Kobe Centre has been working on urban health for over a decade, addressing health systems, health inequities and and urban planning-health collaboration. Alex’s background is in international development, with roles at USAid and DfID. Billie Giles-Corti, lead of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Healthy Liveable Communities, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, @billiegc Billie heads a centre with the mission to provide research that informs healthy urban design and planning. She is the author of a 2016 Lancet series on urban design, transport and health. Jess Beagley, policy research officer, NCD Alliance, London, UK, @JessicaBeagley Jess leads NCD Alliance’s work on environment and health, with a particular focus on urbanisation and climate change and the opportunities for co-benefit solutions to promote human and planetary health. The live chat is not video or audio-enabled but will take place in the comments section (below). Want to recommend someone for the panel or ask a question in advance? Get in touch via globaldevpros@theguardian.com or @GuardianGDP on Twitter. Follow the discussion using the hashtag #globaldevlive.


Heute haben sich 250 führende Krebs- und Gesundheitsexperten aus aller Welt auf dem World Cancer Leaders' Summit (WCLS) versammelt, um zu einer umfassenden und wirksamen Weltgesundheitsversammlung (WHA) zur Bekämpfung von Krebs aufzurufen. Dies ist als Reaktion auf den Bedarf von Ländern zu betrachten, die dringend Unterstützung beim Aufbau hochwertiger nationaler Krebsbekämpfungsprogramme benötigen, um dazu beizutragen, das Ziel der Weltgesundheitsorganisation zu erreichen, bis zum Jahr 2025 die vorzeitige Sterblichkeit aufgrund nicht übertragbarer Krankheiten um 25 Prozent zu reduzieren. Die Notwendigkeit sowie die Bestimmung dieser neuen Beschlussfassung wurde durch einen richtungsweisenden, innovativen Bericht gefördert, der heute veröffentlicht wurde und die größten Herausforderungen bei der Krebsbekämpfung bestimmt, die sofort angegangen werden müssen. Der von der Internationalen Vereinigung für Krebsbekämpfung herausgegebene World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016 betont, dass obwohl bedeutende Fortschritte in Schlüsselbereichen wie der Krebsplanung oder der Politik zur Umsetzung von Strategien für Rauchverbote gemacht wurden, weitere Anstrengungen erforderlich sind, um folgende Meilensteine zu erreichen: "Angesichts der weniger als 10 Jahre, die zur Umsetzung des Ziels der Verringerung vorzeitiger Todesfälle von nicht übertragbaren Krankheiten um 25 Prozent verbleiben, müssen Regierungen und Entscheidungsträger nun handeln, um einen gerechten Zugang zu Dienstleistungen zu gewährleisten, damit die Menschen mit Krebs leben und überleben können. Mit der heutigen Veröffentlichung des World Cancer Declaration Progress Reports 2016 fordert die UICC weltweit Führungskräfte auf, aus den bisherigen Krebsbekämpfungserfolgen zu lernen, aber auch ausreichende Ressourcen zu gewährleisten und sich auf die Stärkung der Gesundheitssysteme zu konzentrieren, damit diese die bedeutenden Herausforderungen, die der anhaltende Anstieg von Krebsfällen mit sich bringt, bewältigen können," sagte Professor Tezer Kutluk, President von UICC. Die Auswirkungen von Krebs auf der ganzen Welt sind epidemisch. Heute ist jeder dritte Mensch (36 Millionen) von Krebs betroffen, und jedes Jahr sterben mehr als acht Millionen Menschen an der Krankheit, von denen vier Millionen vorzeitig sterben (im Alter von 30 bis 69 Jahren). Schätzungen zufolge werden diese Krankheitsfälle bis zum Jahr 2025 auf eine alarmierende Zahl von sechs Millionen vorzeitigen Krebstodesfällen pro Jahr ansteigen, es sei denn, es werden weitere Maßnahmen ergriffen, um die Krankheitsrate zu senken. Der World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016 konsolidiert die Meldungen von mehr als 150 Krebsorganisationen aus 113 Ländern auf der ganzen Welt. Den vollständigen Bericht finden Sie auf: http://www.uicc.org/sites/main/files/atoms/files/UICC_WorldCancerDeclaration_Progress_Report_2016_Book.pdf Der im Jahr 2006 zum ersten Mal veranstaltete World Cancer Leaders' Summit (WCLS) ist das wichtigste jährliche Treffen hochrangiger Experten mit dem ausschließlichen Ziel der Beeinflussung der globalen Strategie zur Krebsbekämpfung. Die Veranstaltung versammelt wichtige Entscheidungsträger aus der ganzen Welt und fördert eine rechtzeitige Debatte über neue Fragen im Zusammenhang mit Krebs. Es bietet ein wichtiges Forum zur Sicherstellung einer globalen, sektorübergreifenden Reaktion sowie zur Gewährleistung der Rechenschaftspflicht bei der Bewältigung der ausufernden Krebsepidemie. 2016 WCLS − "Morgen ist jetzt: Unsere Reise bis 2025" Die WCLS 2016 wird in Zusammenarbeit mit der Internationalen Agentur für Krebsforschung (IARC), der Internationalen Atomenergiebehörde (IAEA) sowie der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) in Verbindung mit dem Weltkrebskongress 2016 abgehalten. 250 Führungskräfte und politische Entscheidungsträger wollen sich an der Verkündung bisheriger Fortschritte in ihrem Land sowie ihrer Region beteiligen, da nun bereits zehn Jahre seit der Veröffentlichung der ersten Weltkrebserklärung vergangen sind und die Halbzeit auf dem Weg zur Erreichung des globalen Ziels zur Reduzierung vorzeitiger Krebstodesfälle um 25 Prozent bis 2025 erreicht wurde. Weitere Informationen zum Gipfel sowie Presseberichte finden Sie unter: UICC ist die größte internationale Organisation zur Krebsbekämpfung und hat mehr als 1.000 Mitgliedsorganisationen in 160 Ländern, die die großen Krebsgesellschaften, Gesundheitsministerien, Behandlungszentren und Patientengruppen der Welt vertreten. Die Organisation setzt sich für die Übernahme der Leitung bei der Einberufung, dem Kapazitätsaufbau sowie der Beratungsinitiative ein, um die wissenschaftliche Landschaft auf dem Gebiet der Krebsbehandlung zu vereinen und so die globale Belastung durch Krebs zu reduzieren, mehr Beteiligung zu fördern und dafür zu sorgen, dass die Krebskontrolle auf die Agenda der Weltgesundheit und -entwicklung kommt. Die UICC ist der weiteren Zusammenarbeit mit führenden Staatspolitikern verpflichtet, um von ihnen weitere Unterstützung für Maßnahmen zur Krebskontrolle einzuholen und sie dazu zu bewegen, für ihre in den politischen Erklärungen der UN hinsichtlich des Themas Krebs und nicht übertragbarer Krankheiten Verantwortung zu übernehmen. Die UICC nutzt wichtige Einberufungsmöglichkeiten wie beispielsweise den World Cancer Leaders' Summit, den Weltkrebskongress sowie den Weltkrebstag für die weitere Konzentration auf: Die UICC und ihre multisektoralen Partner engagieren sich dafür, staatliche Stellen zur Einführung und Verstärkung von qualitativ hochwertigen und nachhaltigen Programmen aufzurufen, die sich mit der globalen Belastung durch Krebs und andere nicht ansteckende Krankheiten beschäftigen. Die UICC ist außerdem Gründungsmitglied der NCD Alliance, eines globalen zivilgesellschaftlichen Netzwerks, das mittlerweile fast 2.000 Organisationen in 170 Ländern repräsentiert. Weitere Informationen erhalten Sie unter: http://www.uicc.org


Aujourd'hui, 250 leaders mondiaux du cancer et de la santé se sont réunis à l'occasion du World Cancer Leaders' Summit (WCLS) dans le but d'appeler à une résolution exhaustive et robuste sur le cancer de la part de l'Assemblée mondiale de la santé (AMS) en 2017. Il s'agit d'une réponse aux pays ayant besoin de toute urgence de directives sur la création de programmes nationaux de lutte contre le cancer de qualité afin de contribuer à la concrétisation de l'objectif de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé visant une réduction de 25 % de la mortalité précoce imputable aux maladies non transmissibles (MNT) d'ici 2025. La nécessité et la finalité de cette nouvelle résolution sont le fruit d'un rapport de référence, le premier de son genre, qui a été publié aujourd'hui et qui identifie les défis majeurs en matière de lutte contre le cancer qui doivent être relevés immédiatement. Publié par l'Union Internationale Contre le Cancer (UICC), le Rapport sur la mise en œuvre de la Déclaration mondiale sur le cancer2016 révèle que malgré les progrès significatifs qui ont été réalisés dans des domaines clés, comme la planification du cancer et les politiques anti-tabac, des efforts supplémentaires doivent encore être déployés afin d'atteindre les objectifs suivants : « Avec un peu moins de 10 ans restant pour atteindre l'objectif visant à réduire de 25 % les décès précoces imputables aux maladies non transmissibles, les gouvernements et les responsables politiques doivent agir dès maintenant pour assurer un accès équitable aux services dans le but de permettre aux individus de vivre avec un cancer et d'y survivre. Avec la publication aujourd'hui du Rapport sur la mise en œuvre de la  Déclaration mondiale sur le cancer 2016, l'UICC appelle les leaders du monde entier à tirer des enseignements des succès obtenus à ce jour en matière de lutte contre le cancer, mais aussi à s'assurer que des ressources et une attention suffisantes sont employées pour renforcer les systèmes de santé face aux défis considérables que pose l'augmentation soutenue des cas de cancer »,  a déclaré le Professeur Tezer Kutluk, président de l'UICC. L'impact du cancer à travers le monde est épidémique. À l'heure actuelle, une personne sur trois (36 millions au total) est affectée par le cancer à l'échelle mondiale, et plus de huit millions de personnes décèdent de cette maladie chaque année, dont quatre millions de façon précoce (âgées de 30 à 69 ans). D'après les estimations, ce chiffre devrait augmenter de manière alarmante pour atteindre six millions de décès précoces imputables au cancer par an d'ici 2025, à moins que des mesures supplémentaires ne soient prises pour réduire la prévalence de cette maladie. Le Rapport sur la mise en œuvre de la Déclaration mondiale sur le cancer 2016 consolide les contributions de plus de 150 organisations de lutte contre le cancer de 113 pays à travers le monde. Pour télécharger le rapport complet, rendez-vous à l'adresse : http://www.uicc.org/sites/main/files/atoms/files/UICC_WorldCancerDeclaration_Progress_Report_2016_Book.pdf Organisé pour la première fois en 2006, le World Cancer Leaders' Summit (WCLS) est la réunion politique annuelle de haut niveau la plus importante dédiée exclusivement à influencer la stratégie mondiale de lutte contre le cancer. L'événement réunit des responsables politiques de haut rang du monde entier et encourage un dialogue d'actualité sur les questions urgentes liées au cancer. Il joue le rôle de forum vital pour assurer une réponse mondiale et intersectorielle ainsi que la responsabilisation en matière de lutte contre la montée en flèche de l'épidémie du cancer. Le WCLS 2016 est organisé en partenariat avec le Centre international de recherche sur le cancer (CIRC), l'Agence internationale de l'énergie atomique (AIEA) et l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), en conjonction avec le Congrès Mondial contre le Cancer 2016. 250 dirigeants et responsables politiques y participent afin d'élever leur voix influente sur les progrès réalisés jusqu'à présent dans leur pays et région, parallèlement à la célébration du dixième anniversaire depuis la publication de la première Déclaration mondiale sur le cancer et à l'arrivée à mi-parcours de l'atteinte de l'objectif mondial visant à réduire de 25 % les décès précoces imputables au cancer d'ici 2025. Pour en savoir plus sur le sommet ou consulter des annonces de presse, rendez-vous à l'adresse : À propos de l'Union internationale contre le cancer (UICC) L'UICC est la plus importante organisation internationale de lutte contre le cancer, comptant plus de 1 000 organisations membres réparties dans 160 pays, représentant des sociétés en cancérologie, des ministères de la santé, des instituts de recherche, des centres de traitement et des groupes de patients parmi les plus éminents au monde. L'organisation se consacre à prendre les commandes en matière de mobilisation, de renforcement des capacités et d'initiatives de défense qui regroupent la communauté dédiée à la lutte contre le cancer en vue de réduire le fardeau mondial du cancer, de promouvoir une plus grande équité et d'intégrer la lutte contre le cancer dans l'agenda mondial de la santé et du développement. L'UICC vise à poursuivre sa collaboration avec des chefs de file du monde entier afin de les encourager à accroître leur soutien des mesures de lutte contre le cancer, et de les encourager à respecter les engagements contre le cancer pris dans le cadre de la Déclaration politique des Nations Unies sur les MNT et des Objectifs de développement durable. L'UICC s'appuie sur des opportunités de mobilisation clés telles que le World Cancer Leaders' Summit, le Congrès mondial contre le cancer et la Journée mondiale de lutte contre le cancer pour promouvoir les éléments suivants : L'UICC et ses partenaires multisectoriels se sont engagés à encourager les gouvernements à se tourner vers la mise en œuvre et l'élargissement de programmes durables et de bonne qualité qui s'attaquent au fardeau mondial que représente le cancer et les autres MNT. L'UICC est également un membre fondateur de la NCD Alliance, un réseau mondial d'organismes de la société civile qui représente aujourd'hui près de 2 000 organisations dans 170 pays. Contacts auprès des médias :   Leah Peyton E-mail : lpeyton@reddoorunlimited.com Tél. : +44(0)208-392-8041 / +44-778-819-1434 Abby Purdy E-mail : abpurdy@reddoorunlimited.com Tél. : +44(0)20-8392-6929 / +44-7890-914969


250 líderes mundiales en materia de salud y cáncer se han reunido en la Cumbre de Líderes Mundiales contra el Cáncer (WCLS, por sus siglas en inglés)el 31 de Octubre para demandar una resolución integral y eficaz sobre el cáncer en la Asamblea Mundial de la Salud (WHA, por sus siglas en inglés) que se celebrará en 2017. Se trata de una respuesta a países que buscan urgentemente asesoramiento sobre la organización de programas nacionales de control del cáncer para ayudar a cumplir el objetivo de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) de una reducción del 25 % en la mortalidad prematura por enfermedades no transmisibles (NCD, por sus siglas en inglés) en 2025. La necesidad y el objeto de esta nueva resolución ha sido impulsada por un punto de referencia, un informe, el primero de su clase, que identifica los principales retos sobre control del cáncer que deben abordarse inmediatamente. El Informe de progreso de la declaración mundial sobre el cáncer 2016, publicado por la Unión Internacional contra el Cáncer (UICC), resalta que aunque se han obtenido avances significativos en áreas clave, como la planificación del cáncer y las políticas de espacios sin humo, todavía es necesario adoptar más medidas para: "Cuando queda algo menos de 10 años para cumplir el objetivo de reducir las muertes prematuras por enfermedades no transmisibles en un 25 %, los gobiernos y legisladores deben actuar ya para garantizar un acceso igualitario a servicios que permitan a las personas vivir con cáncer y sobrevivir a la enfermedad. Con la publicación hoy del Informe de progreso de la declaración mundial sobre el cáncer 2016, la UICC demanda a los líderes mundiales que aprendan de los éxitos en el control del cáncer logrados hasta la fecha, pero también que aseguren los recursos suficientes y se centren en fortalecer los sistemas sanitarios para los importantes retos que el aumento continuo de casos de cáncer plantea", comenta el profesor Tezer Kutluk, presidente de la UICC. El impacto del cáncer en todo el mundo es epidémico. Hoy, una de cada tres personas (36 millones) está afectada por el cáncer en todo el mundo y más de ocho millones de personas mueren por esta enfermedad cada año, de las cuales, cuatro millones fallecen prematuramente (con edades comprendidas entre 30 y 69 años). Las estimaciones creen que esta cifra aumentará al alarmante nivel de seis millones de muertes prematuras por cáncer al año en 2025, a menos que se tomen más medidas para reducir las tasas de mortalidad de esta enfermedad. El Informe de progreso de la declaración mundial sobre el cáncer 2016 recoge las aportaciones de más de 150 organizaciones contra el cáncer de 113 países de todo el mundo. Si desea descargar el informe completo, visite: http://www.uicc.org/sites/main/files/atoms/files/UICC_WorldCancerDeclaration_Progress_Report_2016_Book.pdf Acerca de la Cumbre de Líderes Mundiales contra el Cáncer Organizada por primera vez en 2006, la Cumbre de Líderes Mundiales contra el Cáncer (WCLS, por sus siglas en inglés) es la reunión anual más importante sobre políticas de alto nivel, y se dedica exclusivamente a influir en la estrategia para el control del cáncer a nivel global. Este evento reúne a responsables clave de la toma de decisiones de todo el mundo y fomenta el debate oportuno sobre cuestiones emergentes relativas al cáncer. Constituye un foro esencial para garantizar una respuesta global y multisectorial y garantizar así la responsabilidad a la hora de abordar la espiral epidémica del cáncer. WCLS de 2016 - "Mañana es ahora: nuestro viaje a 2025" La WCLS de 2016 se celebra en asociación con el Centro Internacional de Investigaciones sobre el Cáncer (CIIC), el Organismo Internacional de la Energía Atómica (IAEA, por su sigla en inglés) y la Organización Mundial de la Salud, y en colaboración con el Congreso Mundial sobre el Cáncer 2016. Cuenta con la asistencia de 250 líderes y legisladores que desean alzar su influyente voz sobre el progreso realizado hasta el momento en sus países y regiones al celebrarse diez años desde la publicación de la primera declaración mundial sobre el cáncer y al encontrarnos en el punto medio del cumplimiento del objetivo global de reducir las muertes prematuras por cáncer en un 25 % en 2025. Entre los objetivos clave se incluyen: Si desea obtener más información acerca de la cumbre o anuncios de prensa, visite: Acerca de la Unión Internacional contra el Cáncer (UICC, por su sigla en inglés) La UICC es la mayor organización internacional de lucha contra el cáncer, con más de 1000 organizaciones miembro de 160 países que representan a las principales sociedades contra el cáncer, ministerios de sanidad, instituciones de investigación, centros de tratamiento y grupos de pacientes del mundo. La organización se dedica a asumir el liderazgo en cuanto a convocatoria, creación de capacidades e iniciativas de apoyo que unan a la comunidad del cáncer para reducir la carga que supone el cáncer a nivel global, promover una mayor igualdad e integrar el control del cáncer en la agenda de desarrollo y salud mundial. La UICC se dedica a continuar trabajando con líderes mundiales para incrementar su apoyo a la adopción de medidas de control del cáncer y animar a la responsabilidad en cuanto a los compromisos sobre el cáncer acordados en la Declaración política de la ONU sobre enfermedades no transmisibles y objetivos de desarrollo sostenible. La UICC utiliza oportunidades de convocatoria clave como la Cumbre de Líderes Mundiales contra el Cáncer, el Congreso Mundial sobre el Cáncer y el Día Mundial del Cáncer para centrar la atención de manera continua en: La UICC y sus socios multisectoriales están comprometidos a animar a los gobiernos para que implementen y amplíen los programas sostenibles y de calidad que abordan la carga que supone el cáncer y otras enfermedades no transmisibles a nivel global. Además, la UICC es miembro fundador de NCD Alliance, una red de sociedades civiles a nivel global que hoy en día representa a casi 2000 organizaciones de 170 países. Contactos de prensa: Leah Peyton Correo electrónico: lpeyton@reddoorunlimited.com Tel.: +44(0)208-392-8041 / +44-778-819-1434 Abby Purdy Correo electrónico: apurdy@reddoorunlimited.com Tel.: +44(0)20-8392-6929 / +44-7890-914969


Today, 250 global cancer and health leaders gathered at the World Cancer Leaders' Summit (WCLS) to call for a comprehensive and robust World Health Assembly (WHA) cancer resolution in 2017. This is a response to countries urgently seeking guidance on the set-up of quality national cancer control programmes to help meet the World Health Organization's target of a 25 per cent reduction in premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 2025. The need for, and purpose of, this new resolution has been driven by a landmark, first-of-its-kind report, launched today, which identifies the major cancer control challenges that must be immediately addressed. The World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016, released by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), highlights that although significant progress has been made in key areas, such as cancer planning and smokefree policies; further efforts are still needed to: "With just under 10 years left to meet the target of reducing premature deaths from non-communicable diseases by 25 per cent, governments and policy-makers must act now to ensure equitable access to services to allow people to live with and survive cancer. With today's publication of the World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016, UICC is calling upon leaders worldwide to learn from the cancer control successes seen to date, but also ensure sufficient resources and focus to strengthen health systems for the significant challenges that the ongoing rise in cancer cases poses," said Professor Tezer Kutluk, UICC President. The impact of cancer across the world is epidemic. Today, one in three people (36 million) are affected by cancer worldwide and more than eight million people die from the disease every year, out of which, four million die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years). Estimates predict this to increase to an alarming six million premature cancer deaths per year by 2025, unless further action is taken to reduce disease rates. The World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016 consolidates the inputs of over 150 cancer organisations from 113 countries across the world. To download the full report please visit: http://www.uicc.org/sites/main/files/atoms/files/UICC_WorldCancerDeclaration_Progress_Report_2016_Book.pdf First organised in 2006, the World Cancer Leaders' Summit (WCLS) is the most important annual high-level policy meeting dedicated exclusively to influencing global strategy for cancer control. The event brings together key decision makers from around the world and encourages timely debate on emerging issues related to cancer. It provides a vital forum to secure a global, cross-sector, response and ensure accountability in addressing the spiralling cancer epidemic. 2016 WCLS - 'Tomorrow is now: Our journey to 2025' The 2016 WCLS is being held in partnership with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in conjunction with the 2016 World Cancer Congress. 250 leaders and policy-makers are attending to raise their influential voice on the progress made so far in their country and region as we celebrate ten years since the release of the first World Cancer Declaration and the mid-way point in meeting the global target to reduce premature deaths from cancer by 25 per cent by 2025. For further information of the summit or press announcements please visit: About the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) UICC is the largest international cancer-fighting organisation, with over 1,000 member organisations across 160 countries representing the world's major cancer societies, ministries of health, research institutes, treatment centres and patient groups. The organisation is dedicated to taking the lead in convening, capacity building and advocacy initiatives that unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity, and integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda. UICC is dedicated to continuing to work with world leaders to increase their support for cancer control measures, and encourage accountability for the cancer commitments made in the UN Political Declaration on NCDs and the Sustainable Development Goals. UICC uses key convening opportunities like the World Cancer Leaders' Summit, World Cancer Congress and World Cancer Day for continued focus on: UICC and its multisectoral partners are committed to encouraging governments to look towards the implementation and scale-up of quality and sustainable programmes that address the global burden of cancer and other NCDs. UICC is also a founding member of the NCD Alliance, a global civil society network that now represents almost 2,000 organisations in 170 countries. For more information, please visit: http://www.uicc.org

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