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)