More than 50 health experts co-signed a letter published in The Lancet yesterday, which provided an eight-point agenda to accelerate progress ahead of the United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on the prevention and control of NCDs in September.
At the top of the agenda is assigning accountability at the highest political level.
This is key to unlocking financing for NCDs, yet something previous high-level meetings have failed to do, according to many NGO leaders.
Attendance of heads of government or state at the 2014 high-level meeting was sparse.
Three years before that, the meeting was a “lost opportunity” to galvanize support for the creation of a platform to finance NCD work worldwide, José Luis Castro, president and CEO of Vital Strategies and executive director at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, told Devex in February.