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NCD crisis in the Pacific Islands region
NCDs – primarily heart disease, cancers, lung disease and diabetes – are the leading cause of death in the Pacific, with life expectancy declining in some Pacific Island countries as a result of NCD-related premature deaths.
In addition, there is a significant socio-economic burden placed on many Pacific Island countries and territories that are unable to provide essential medicines and services for preventing and caring for people with NCDs.
Some 140 participants attended. The adopted outcomes document will be made available on this webpage. Among its objectives, the Pacific NCD Summit reviewed how Pacific Island countries and territories are implementing their NCD activities aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Samoa Pathway.
The participants also reviewed progress with the Pacific NCD Roadmap in an effort to accelerate implementation; sought to strengthen current funding arrangements, and
explored new sources of funding; and create opportunities for South-South collaboration in implementing good practice to address NCDs.
PACIFIC NCD NETWORK PARTNERS
Pacific Island Forum Leaders, Pacific Islands Permanent Missions at the UN, Pacific Ministers of Health,
Pacific Island Countries and Territories.
Pacific Islands’ leaders and ministers, and officials from regional and global development agencies, gathered in the Kingdom of Tonga from 20-22 June to consider urgent action to address the region’s non-communicable diseases (NCD) crisis.
The first ever Pacific NCD Summit was a collaboration between the Government of Tonga and the Pacific Community (SPC), supported by the Australian Government, the New Zealand Aid Programme, World Bank, World Diabetes Foundation, World Health Organization , the Government of the United States and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
With the theme ‘Translating Global and Regional Commitments into Local Action’, the high-level summit was held at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre in Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa. The event was officially opened by His Majesty King Tupou VI of Tonga. UNDP Administrator Helen Clark deliver the keynote address focusing on the links between NCDs and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).