The inclusion of NCDs in the Rio+20 Outcome Document builds the momentum achieved at the 2011 UN Summit, provides a platform for engaging in the sustainable development dialogue including the sustainable development goal (SDG) process, and keeps us on course to bring NCDs into the center of the post-2015 development framework.
Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
A critical process outcome of Rio+20 was agreement by Member States to set up an Open Working Group (OWG) in the General Assembly to explore producing a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs). After 18 months of work, the OWG produced a proposal for the SDGs in August 2014, which is comprised of 17 goals that reflect the three pillars of sustainable development. Target 3.4 under the health goal addresses NCDs, with its objective as the following: "By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well being."
NCD Alliance briefing paper: Tackling NCDs to Enhance Sustainable Development
To support our advocacy and provide some background information on NCDs and sustainable development, the NCD Alliance has produced a briefing paper entitled Tackling NCDs to Enhance Sustainable Development.
This paper highlights the relationship between NCDs and the three pillars of sustainable development, and three priority areas for integrated interventions: nutritious food for all, clean energy, and healthy cities.
Please feel free to use this paper in your own advocacy efforts.