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Brussels, 20 September 2011

EU Statement on the United Nations Political Declaration on Non Communicable Diseases

Last night in New York the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a political declaration addressing the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases and agreed to take coordinated action at global level. The declaration is the culmination of discussions between world leaders on how to act together to prevent and control non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes.

Reacting to the declaration, John Dalli, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy delivered the following statement:

"The EU welcomes today's Declaration and its commitment to reducing the heavy burden of non-communicable diseases across the world. Non communicable diseases already account for 63% of deaths worldwide. Their heavy impact on people's health, as well on economic development, requires efficient co-ordinated action at global level.

This worrying trend can be reversed through action on the risk factors influencing these diseases - such as smoking, poor diet, insufficient physical activity and harmful alcohol consumption - as well as through addressing underlying social, economic and environmental factors. The EU particularly welcomes the declaration's impetus on health promotion and prevention of avoidable diseases which are at the core of its Health Strategy.

The EU is determined to take forward the declaration in partnership with the global community".

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