Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

United Nations high-level meeting on noncommunicable disease prevention and control

NCD summit to shape the international agenda

Date: 19-20 September 2011
Place: New York, USA

Noncommunicable diseases - or NCDs - like heart attacks and strokes, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease account for over 63% of deaths in the world today. Every year, NCDs kill 9 million people under 60. The socio-economic impact is staggering. Global leaders will meet at the United Nations in New York from 19-20 September 2011 to set a new international agenda on NCDs.

This is only the second time in the history of the UN that the General Assembly meets on a health issue (the last issue was AIDS). The aim is for countries to adopt a concise, action-oriented outcome document that will shape the global agendas for generations to come.

Meeting outcomes



Facts about NCDs

  • 36 million people die annually from NCDs.
  • 63% of all global deaths are due to NCDs.
  • 9 million people die too young from NCDs, before the age of 60.

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