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President Ashe Meets with Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson

United Nations, 24 February 2014

President Ashe with Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organisation The President of the General Assembly met today with Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Dr. Chan briefed the President on current efforts to prevent and control non-communicable diseases, noting that progress had been made to realize the commitments of the Political Declaration adopted in 2011. Yet, a lot remains to be done. She underscored that non communicable diseases are not only affecting rich countries; their incidence in low and middle countries is increasing. This is a source of great concern because these diseases, while preventable, are extremely expensive to manage and can cause severe complications. Dr. Chan pledged WHO active support in the upcoming review and assessment of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.

Dr. Chan also shared her interest in the ongoing work to elaborate the post-2015 development agenda. She pointed to the inter-linkages between health and nutrition, energy, water and sanitation.

The President expressed his appreciation for the work of WHO and thanked Dr. Chan for her support.

President of the General Assembly John W. Ashe (left ) with Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). - Photo/Bill Bly