2011 Political Declaration of the HLM on NCDs

66th UNGA
19 Sept 2011

Analysis of precedential value

This dec­la­ra­tion is the prod­uct of the UN High-Level Meet­ing (HLM) on non­com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases in Sep­tem­ber 2011; it was adopted by the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly with­out a gen­eral vote that same month. The Gen­eral Assem­bly is the pre­em­i­nent gov­ern­ing body of the UN sys­tem and con­sists of all 193 UN Mem­ber States.

The UN press team described its pre­sen­ta­tion at the HLM as fol­lows: “world lead­ers joined Health and Devel­op­ment Min­is­ters in the con­sen­sus adop­tion of a wide-rang­ing Polit­i­cal Dec­la­ra­tion on the pre­ven­tion and con­trol of non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases at the open­ing of the Gen­eral Assem­bly’s first ever sum­mit on the deadly chronic ill­nesses.”

Used as precedent

intersectionality, key and vulnerable populations

Note with con­cern that the rapidly grow­ing mag­ni­tude of non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases affects peo­ple of all ages, gen­der, race and income lev­els, and fur­ther that poor pop­u­la­tions and those liv­ing in vul­ner­a­ble sit­u­a­tions, in par­tic­u­lar in devel­op­ing coun­tries bear a dis­pro­por­tion­ate bur­den and that non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases can affect women and men dif­fer­ently.

gender norms and stereotypes, key and vulnerable populations

Express deep con­cern that women bear a dis­pro­por­tion­ate share of the bur­den of care-giv­ing and that, in some pop­u­la­tions, women tend to be less phys­i­cally active than men, are more likely to be obese and are tak­ing up smok­ing at alarm­ing rates.

key and vulnerable populations

Acknowl­edge also the exis­tence of sig­nif­i­cant inequal­i­ties in the bur­den of non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases and in access to non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­ease pre­ven­tion and con­trol, both between coun­tries, and within coun­tries and com­mu­ni­ties.Pur­sue and pro­mote gen­der-based approaches for the pre­ven­tion and con­trol of non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases founded on data dis­ag­gre­gated by sex and age in an effort to address the crit­i­cal dif­fer­ences in the risks of mor­bid­ity and mor­tal­ity from non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases for women and men.

societal enablers

Encour­age the devel­op­ment of mul­ti­sec­toral pub­lic poli­cies that cre­ate equi­table health-pro­mot­ing envi­ron­ments that empower indi­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties to make healthy choices and lead healthy lives.