Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD)

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are now the leading cause of mortality worldwide. They are responsible for 70% of global deaths; equivalent to 40 million people. Poverty, the impact of the globalization of marketing and trade of products deleterious to health, rapid urbanization and population ageing are the main drivers of this global epidemic of premature deaths from NCDs. As stated in the Global Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases 2013-2020, poor quality diets are among the top risk factors contributing to the global burden of disease. Specifically, the NCD burden is associated with diets low in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, seafood-derived omega-3 fatty acids but high in sugar, sodium and trans-fatty acids.

According to the WHO’s Global NCD Progress Monitor and the 2016 Global Nutrition Policy Review, governments are making some progress in their response to address dietary risk factors and increased prevalence of NCDs, but not enough to meet the global targets set for 2025.

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Healthy Urban Childhoods

08/10/2019 - 8 – 9 October 2019Uppsala, Sweden Uppsala Health Summit is a recurring international policy arena for dialogue on challenges for health and healthcare, and how we can overcome them. In 2019, [...]

Transforming the food system to fight non-communicable diseases

29/01/2019 - Malnutrition and unhealthy diets are important risk factors for non-communicable diseases. Francesco Branca and colleagues call for changes in both what and how food is produced, marketed, and [...]

The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change: The Lancet Commission report

27/01/2019 - Malnutrition in all its forms, including obesity, undernutrition, and other dietary risks, is the leading cause of poor health globally. In the near future, the health effects of climate change will [...]

IAEA Brief: Stable Isotope Techniques Help to Address the Double Burden of Malnutrition

23/01/2019 - To be in good health, individuals require nutritious food, high-quality water, physical activity, adequate sleep, and a living environment devoid of germs and toxic contaminants. An imbalance in [...]

The Double Burden of Malnutrition: Crisis and Opportunity

10/12/2018 - Sight and Life Magazine on the Double Burden of Malnutrition now availableCurrently, 38 million children are obese worldwide, compared with 151 million children stunted, and childhood obesity is [...]

Gender Health Equity Over the Life Course

08/10/2018 - Identifying and overcoming the barriers women face in accessing health systems in low-resource settings Monday, 8 October 2018 from 8.30-12.30pm in the ACC Room 12 of the Global Symposium [...]

Third United Nations High-level Meeting on NCDs

27/09/2018 - 27 September 2018, 09:00 – 17:00 UTC, UN Headquarters, New York (USA) In September, the United Nations General Assembly staged the third High-level Meeting (HLM3) on the prevention and [...]

Global Week for Action on NCDs

03/09/2018 - With the digital world switched on to talk about NCDs, the first Global Week for Action on NCDs – from Monday 3 September to Sunday 9 September – will provide everyone, [...]

UNSCN News 43 - Advancing equity, equality and non-discrimination in food systems: Pathways to reform

01/09/2018 - Inherent barriers exist in food systems that prevent people from overcoming persistent and intergenerational malnutrition and poverty. To overcome these barriers and ensure that no one is left behind, [...]

UNSCN Brief “Non-communicable diseases, diets and nutrition”

28/06/2018 - Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are now the leading cause of mortality worldwide; they are responsible for 70% of global deaths; equivalent to 40 million people. The health and economic repercussions [...]

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UNSCN Brief “Non-communicable diseases, diets and nutrition” Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are now the leading cause of mortality worldwide; they are responsible for 70% of global deaths; equivalent to 40 million people. The health and economic repercussions…
Guidance Note on Integration of Nutrition in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework The purpose of this Guidance Note is to assist United Nation Country Teams (UNCTs) with the integration of nutrition into the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), using a…
UNSCN Discussion Paper - Schools as a System to Improve Nutrition Given the changing circumstances in the nutrition landscape, there is a need to reassess and reiterate the role of the schools in improving health and nutritional status of children. This discussion…
UNSCN Discussion Paper - Sustainable Diets for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing all nations today leading to not only environmental but also economic and social consequences. It has increased the risk of weather-related…
Guidance Note for UN Humanitarian Coordinators: Integrated multi-sectoral nutrition actions - Nutrition Cluster Integrated multi-sectoral nutrition actions to achieve global and national nutrition-related SDG targets, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected states Reaching the most vulnerable populations…