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NCDA members awarded for their outstanding contribution to NCD prevention and control

16th September 2019

The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) and the Mexico Salud-Hable Coalition (Salud-Hable) have been announced as recipients of the UN Interagency Task Force on NCDs (UNIATF) Awards 2019 in recognition of their outstanding contribution to multisectoral action in the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and the NCD-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

It is with great joy that the global NCD movement celebrates HCC and Salud-Hable receiving an UNIATF award, traditionally given to government agencies, and for the first time in 2019 opened to nominations from non-state actors. Nominated by the NCD Alliance, both organisations are recognised for their outstanding multisectoral work in the prevention and control of NCDs.

HCC will be awarded thanks to their regional advocacy work towards the 2018 United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs. One key initiative was their strategic advocacy campaign that led Heads of Governments in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to adopt a guide with regional advocacy priorities for the HLM Political Declaration, based on the NCD Alliance’s campaign priorities. CARICOM also agreed to many of the ‘asks’ of civil society and acknowledged their central role in the regional NCD response. 

Salud-Hable will be awarded thanks to their innovative #VotoSaludable platform (Healthy Vote platform) aimed to influence the July 2018 national elections. The Coalition noted that candidates’ manifestos were very weak on promoting healthy environment to prevent and manage NCDs, and their platform served as a tool for civil society mobilisation and demand to promote the NCD agenda. The platform is an exemplary and innovative civil society campaign that become one of the top 5 informed voting tools in the country to decide on relevant social issues during the election period.

The awards will be presented in a ceremony organised in New York City during the 74th UN General Assembly week at the UNIATF side events ‘Friends of the Task Force’ on Monday, 23 September 2019, 13:15-14:30, Conference Room 7 in the UN Building.