News & AnalysisU.N. Summit on Noncommunicable Diseases

Meeting Brings Attention But Little Action on Chronic Diseases

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Science  16 Sep 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6049, pp. 1561
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6049.1561

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On 19 September, heads of U.N. member states will gather in New York City to discuss the growing pandemic of noncommunicable diseases, such as cancer and diabetes. It's only the second U.N. meeting of this stature on a health issue, the first being the hugely successful 2001 meeting on HIV/AIDS that gave rise to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. But now, just days before the gathering, some public health experts and advocates who had high hopes for the meeting find their enthusiasm a bit quashed.