United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

NCD Alliance and the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations

NCD
Alliance
-­‐
IFMSA
joint
statement
to
OWG
12
20
June
2014
Excellencies,
ladies
and
gentlemen.
I
speak
today
on
behalf
of
the
NCD
Alliance
and
the
International
Federation
of
Medical
Students’
Associations.
We
will
speak
today
only
about
proposed
target
3.4
on
non-­‐communicable
diseases.
We
recommend
target
3.4
to
be
amended
and
refined
so
it
is
truly
a
standalone
target
on
NCDs.
Specifically,
we
propose
a
target
that
will
read
“By
2030,
reduce
by
at
least
40%
premature
deaths
from
non-­‐communicable
diseases
(NCDs),
reduce
by
50%
deaths
from
road
traffic
injuries,
and
address
mental
and
neurological
disorders.”
This
target
is
based
on
the
agreed
25
by
2025
mortality
target,
and
takes
into
account
recent
data
published
in
The
Lancet
showing
a
business-­‐as-­‐usual
approach
to
reducing
exposure
to
just
a
few
NCD
risk
factors
will
allow
us
to
achieve
a
30%
target.
Therefore,
a
more
ambitious
target,
and
one
that
balances
prevention,
treatment
and
care,
is
needed.
We
support
the
re-­‐introduction
of
a
separate
target
on
narcotic
drug
and
substance
abuse,
which
reads
“By
2030,
reduce
narcotic
drug
and
substance
abuse,
and
ensure
the
adequate
availability
of
controlled
substances
for
medical
use.”
We
strongly
encourage
the
increased
attention
to
and
measurement
of
NCD-­‐related
morbidity
and
disability,
as
the
global
NCD
burden
extends
far
beyond
only
the
number
of
deaths.
In
order
to
achieve
the
goal
of
attaining
healthy
lives
at
all
ages,
we
would
like
to
emphasize
the
importance
of
strengthening
data
collection
relevant
to
health
targets
and
indicators
and
their
disaggregation
by
income
level,
gender,
place
of
residence
and
age.
Improved
health
and
development
outcomes
require
ensuring
that
all
people
have
access
to
a
package
of
essential
health
services
across
the
continuum
of
care,
regardless
of
their
ability
to
pay.
For
this
reason,
universal
health
coverage
should
be
positioned
as
the
means
to
achieve
all
targets.
Finally,
we
support
the
inclusion
of
the
right
to
the
highest
attainable
standard
of
physical
and
mental
health
in
the
chapeau.
Together,
we
can
ensure
a
healthy
future
for
all
people,
everywhere.
Thank
you.