Oral Health included in the United Nations Non Communicable Diseases global strategy

Great achievement for FDI-World Dental Federation and all those who advocated for that approach.

Political Declaration from the High Level Meeting adopted by the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases:

We, Heads of State and Government and representatives of States and Governments, assembled at the United Nations from 19 to 20 September 2011 to address the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases worldwide, with a particular focus on developmental and other challenges and social and economic impacts, particularly for developing countries.

The United Nations “recognize that renal, ORAL and eye diseases pose a major health burden for many countries and that these diseases share common risk factors and can benefit from common responses to NCDs”.

Facing the facts (source FDI):

  • Oral diseases are the most common noncommunicable diseases
  • Some 90% of the world’s population is affected by tooth decay
  • A high proportion suffer from periodontal disease
  • Oral cancer rate high among smokers

Audio recordings of the meetings (source UN):

WHO welcomes adoption of political declaration on prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases. (01:16′, download)

Meeting on noncommunicable diseases should be “wake-up call” for action. World Health Organization (02:45′, download)

Non-communicable diseases a “slow motion disaster”. Dr Margaret Chan, WHO director general (00:27′, download)

Noncommunicable diseases do not have to spell doom for people of the Caribbean Desi Bouterse, president of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) (01:35′, download)

Dr Margaret Chan, World Health Organization (WHO) director general, speaking to the Assembly

Dr Margaret Chan, World Health Organization (WHO) director general, speaking to the Assembly

Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

HRH Princess Dina Mired, Director General of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF), delivers a keynote speech

HRH Princess Dina Mired, director general of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF), delivers a keynote speech

Attending Round Table 1 on behalf of FDI- World Dental Federation

Attending Round Table 1 on behalf of FDI- World Dental Federation

I in the UN General Assembly

In the UN General Assembly

With the FDI executive director, Jean Luc Eiselé (left), next to the United Nations building

With the FDI executive director, Jean Luc Eiselé (left), next to the United Nations building

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