Sharjah Declaration Adopted at Global NCD Alliance Forum 2015
On 15 November more than 200 civil society representatives from six continents adopted the“Sharjah Declaration on NCDs: Civil Society United Towards 2030", marking the end of the first-ever Global NCD Alliance Forum 2015, held in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“No one sector alone will reverse the NCD epidemic, but working together we have the tremendous opportunity to chart a new course toward health and sustainable human development for a more equitable and healthier future for all”, states the Declaration.
Forty-five national and regional alliances were represented at the Forum. 'The development and strengthening of national and regional alliances and the establishment of strong inter-alliance networks under the leadership of the NCD Alliance will be one the major factors influencing the role that civil society plays in achieving the sustainable development health goal set out in the 2030 agenda. The Sharjah meeting was a major step forward in this process. 'The HCC congratulates the NCD Alliance and commits to fulfilling the principles of the Sharjah Declaration through our core work and promoting the adoption of the Declaration among our members throughout the Caribbean’ said Maisha Hutton, Executive Director of the HCC.
The Caribbean was strongly represented at the Forum by HCC President, Sir Trevor Hassell; HCC Executive Director, Maisha Hutton; Belize Cancer Society President and member of HCC Board of Directors, Laura Tucker Longsworth; HCC Member, International Health Consultant and Lead for the TT National NCD Alliance, Dr. Karen Sealey; Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica and past member of HCC Board of Directors, Debbie Chen; and HCC Patron, Director Emeritus of PAHO and Chair NCD Alliance Expert Advisory Group, Sir George Alleyne.