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United Nations, New York, 16 June 2011

Informal civil society interactive hearing on non-communicable diseases

In closing the informal civil society interactive hearing on non-communicable diseases today at the United Nations in New York, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly, stated that it is essential for the actions of the global community to be based on a broad partnership in which governments, the private sector and civil society join forces and bring their collective efforts to bear on this challenge.

President Deiss expressed his gratitude to participants for the quality of their discussions and the range of ideas expressed throughout the interactive hearing, with the hope that at the High-Level Meeting in September, ideas will be turned into practice.

Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. Ala Alwan, Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization, and Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, Director-General, King Hussein Cancer Foundation, made statements at the opening of the interactive hearing.

Earlier today, President Deiss received members of the Civil Society Task Force that he had established to contribute to the preparatory process for the High-Level Meeting. The Task Force is composed of:

· Dr Eduardo Cazap, President, Union for International Cancer Control (Co-Chair);
· Professor Jean Claude Mbanya, President, International Diabetes Federation (Co-Chair);
· Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, Founder and Project Coordinator, Gonoshasthaya Kendra;
· Ms Rachel Kitonyo, Project Director, Africa Tobacco Control Consortium;
· Mr. Matthew Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids;
· Dr Olivier Raynaud, Senior Director, Global Health and Healthcare Sector, World Economic Forum; and
· Dr Nooshin Bazargani, Secretary, World Heart Federation.