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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A Child Rights-Based Approach to Food Marketing: A Guide for Policy Makers

21/06/2018 - Evidence gathered over the past 20 years indicates that marketing of unhealthy food is a key contributor to the growing rates of child overweight. New marketing channels, ever-evolving techniques, and [...]

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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…