[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 68/300, the present report sets out the progress achieved since 2014 in the implementation of the outcome document of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the comprehensive review and assessment of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases and of the political declaration of the high-level meeting of the Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, in preparation for a comprehensive review and assessment in 2018 of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
In the report, it is underscored that action to realize the commitments made in 2011 and 2014 is inadequate, that the current level of progress is insufficient to meet target 3.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals on non-communicable diseases and that the world has yet to fulfil its promise of implementing measures to reduce the risk of dying prematurely from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment.
Initiatives to improve access to good-quality essential health-care services and to safe, effective, good-quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases have not been scaled up in the majority of developing countries. Political commitments have often not been translated into concrete action. Serious constraints driven by economic and trade promotion interests are impeding the implementation by many Governments of some of the “best buys” and other recommended interventions for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, including the taxation of tobacco, alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages and policies to reduce the impact on children of the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages high in saturated fats, trans-fatty acids, free sugars or salt. There is also a visible gap in respect of each country’s policy space and leadership to establish and implement policies for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_btn title=”Download Now” color=”primary” align=”center” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sancda.org.za%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2018%2F03%2FUNSG-Report-on-NCDs-December-2017-A.72.662-SG-report-1.pdf|||”][/vc_column][/vc_row]
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In recent years, various countries have introduced taxes on food products such as sugary drinks as a
public health measure to combat obesity. Taxes have traditionally been implemented as a means of
revenue generation; however, taxes on tobacco, alcohol, and sugary drinks illustrate the utility of
taxation as a tool in health policy to reduce consumption and one that has the potential to provide tax
revenue for NCD prevention and control. Research on the health-related impacts of taxation of SSBs is
emerging and the evidence points to positive changes in consumption patterns as recently seen in
Mexico where a 6% decline in the purchase of taxed beverages was observed.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Today January 31st the SANCD Alliance and partners were present in parliament to discuss and contribute further to the hearings on the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax in Cape Town.
This was the document they handed out to the treasury and the attending parliamentarians and attendees on the day.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Heart disease and stroke, cancers, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) cause tens of millions of deaths per year, the majority of which occur during the most productive years of life. NCDs reduce economic output and prevent people around the world from living lives of health and wellbeing.
Creating the conditions that favour sustainable development means taking action to prevent and control NCDs now.
Nine global NCD targets provide a vision for progress by 2025. The WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020
and other resources provide a roadmap of policies and interventions to realise this vision. When implemented, they will put countries on track to meet the commitments made on NCDs at the United Nations General Assembly in 2011 and 2014, and in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including target 3.4 to reduce premature NCD deaths. It also supports the commitments governments made at the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) to act across sectors to improve nutrition and the food system.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_btn title=”Download Now” color=”primary” align=”center” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sancda.org.za%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F07%2Fpolicy-brief-halt-obesity-1.pdf|||”][/vc_column][/vc_row]