• Lead-organizer: American Cancer Society (ACS)
  • 13:30 - 15:00
  • Date: 19 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-4

Health within the Green Economy: Multisectoral Frameworks for NCD Control and Sustainable Development

Organizing partners

American Cancer Society (note: lead organizer)
Non-Commmunicable Disease Alliance (NCD Alliance)
for other potential partners, please ss detailed description


Health and sustainable development are inherently linked. Forms of development that create environmental problems almost always have important health implications, while the failure to adequately address pressing health issues undermines sustainable development efforts. Rio+20 provides a critical opportunity to discuss how multisectoral frameworks for sustainable development can help create environments that promote health, and help prevent and control non-communicable diseases (NCDs), like cancer, diabetes, heart and lung diseases. In particular, the panel will focus on three critical development challenges that link NCDs and environmental concerns: nutrition, healthy cities, and tobacco control.

Detailed programme

Global sustainable development resolutions (e.g., Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Declaration) and global health resolutions (e.g., Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases and the resolution of the WHO Meeting on the Social Determinants of Health) draw attention to the important links between health and the environment, and progress toward poverty eradication. The complexities of addressing these challenges to sustainable development are often acknowledged as requiring “multisectoral” solutions and institutional frameworks for effective policies and programs.

As world leaders and experts secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess progress to date, and to address new and emerging challenges at Rio+20 it is important that attention is drawn to the topic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their links to economic development and the environment. There is a need to integrate NCDs into multisectoral sustainable development frameworks, as well as a complementary need to increase engagement of sectors beyond the health sector in global and national frameworks for NCD prevention and control.

This side event, organized by the American Cancer Society in collaboration with the NCD Alliance, will unite international experts, including representatives from governments, intergovernmental organizations, and civil society organizations, for a panel discussion on multisectoral platforms that facilitate collaborative action on health, environment and development. In particular, the panel will focus on three critical development challenges that link environmental concerns and NCD prevention and control: nutrition, healthy cities, and tobacco control. Panelists will discuss the practical solutions to multisectoral action, including:
opportunities for integrated and multisectoral approaches to NCD control and green development at global, national, and local levels; and
concrete ways in which integrated, multisectoral institutional frameworks for NCD control and environment can support sustainable development and poverty alleviation

Confirmed panelists include:

Olav Kjorven [UN Development Program (UNDP); UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Bureau for Development Policy]
Dr. Maria Neira [World Health Organization (WHO); Director of Public Health and the Environment]
Dr. Deborah Carvalho Malta [Brazilian Ministry of Health; General Coordinator of the NCD program and Interim Director of the Department of Health Analysis]
Maria Blair [American Cancer Society; National Vice President]
Paula Johns [The NCD Alliance; Chair, Framework Convention Alliance]
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