Posted by Erin Schwartz on January 20, 2011
On December 23, 2010, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly unanimously adopted a UN Modalities Resolution creating a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) on the global agenda. The summit has the potential to secure commitment from Heads of Government for a coordinated global response to NCDs, substantially increase resources for NCDs and save millions from premature death and debilitating health complications, including cancer.
The Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) Alliance is a partnership of organizations and individuals working together to affect change. It is also an excellent resource on how to get involved!
Below are some ways that you and your community may wish to take action to make cancer a global health priority:
- Stay informed
Get updated on the latest NCD campaigns and news updates by signing up for the NCD newsletter, just write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit the NCD Alliance website periodically to find out what other global organizations committed to addressing NCDs and their risk factors are doing.
- Become an advocate for NCDs
Take the first steps to becoming a vocal advocate for NCDs. A variety of supporting materials are available to assist you, including posters, information sheets and media briefs which can be found on the World Health Organization website.
- Write to your government
The support of your government is essential to ensuring that NCDs stay on the international agenda. Write a letter to your government leaders requesting their support for the campaign to make NCDs a global development priority.
Stay tuned for more blogs in the months leading up to the September 2011 UN Summit about how you can make cancer control a priority in your community!