Pacific Island leaders, ministers and officials from regional and global development agencies will gather in the Kingdom of Tonga from 20-22 June 2016 to discuss better ways to tackle the region’s non-communicable diseases (NCDs) crisis.
“There’s no shortage of declarations, commitments and strategies aimed at addressing NCDs,” says the Pacific Community Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, “but with up to 75% of deaths in the Pacific related to NCDs, current efforts just aren’t enough.”
The Pacific NCD Summit is a collaboration between the Government of Tonga and The Pacific Community (SPC), supported by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the New Zealand Aid Programme, World Bank, World Diabetes Foundation, World Health Organisation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Taking place in Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, the high-level summit theme is “Translating Global and Regional Commitments into Local Action”.
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.
Among its objectives, the summit will review how Pacific Island countries and territories are implementing their NCD activities aligned with the SDGs and the Samoa Pathway.
The participants will also review progress with the Pacific NCD Roadmap in an effort to accelerate implementation; seek to strengthen current funding arrangements and explore new sources of funding; and create opportunities for South-South collaboration in implementing good practice to address NCDs.
The Pacific NCD Summit will be held at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre in the capital, Nuku’alofa.
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