GSO Background on the 2012 GSO Colloquium Series on NCDs

In January, the Global Social Observatory launched a Colloquium Series on Non-Communicable Diseases to support the implementation of the United Nations Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of NCDs under the leadership of the World Health Organization. A launch event on 10 January featured a discussion on the specific issues and challenge areas associated with establishing the underlying principles for multi-stakeholder dialogue and engagement, leading to the adoption of a statement on “The Role of Multi-Stakeholder and Multi-Sectoral Collaboration on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases”. Please click here to read the statement.

In January, we also introduced a participatory framework for the rest of the Colloquium Series, based on a survey of priority issues identified by the GSO Working Group on NCDs. Please click here to see the results of this first GSO Colloquium Series Survey. Based on the Survey’s results, we conducted a series of issue-specific Colloquium Events on Friday, 30 March 2012 on “The Linkages among the Risk Factors for NCDs and Opportunities for Multi-Sectoral Action”. Our objective at this event was to produce a set of central messages for multi-sectoral collaboration in four sectors – government and community services, education, primary health care and the workplace. Please click here to read the report and here for a set of posters highlighting the central messages.

The GSO NCD Colloquium Series continued with an “Afternoon Tea” on 20 May 2012. Featured speakers included the Right Honorable Fenton Ferguson, Minister of Health of Jamaica; Dr. Robert Sebbag, Vice President, Access to Medicines, Sanofi; and Dr. Elizabeth Carll, Chair, UN NGO Committee on Mental Health, New York; UN Representative, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. There was a lively discussion that advanced the messages from the March event with “Good Practices for Multi-Sectoral and Multi-Stakeholder Action on Risk Factors and Non-Communicable Diseases”. See a photo slideshow of the event here. A report of the event is available here, along with a summary of key messages here.

A third GSO Colloquium Event was held on 3 July 2012, on “Equitable Access for the Prevention, Treatment and Care of NCDs”. The programme started with a briefing on the status of WHO progress in implementing the UN Political Declaration on the Prevention and Treatment of NCDs. Lead discussants Gloria Sangiwa of Management Sciences for Health, Manoj Kurian of the World Council of Churches and Evan Lee of Eli Lilly then introduced the issues for consideration by the participants in a café politique exercise. The participatory event concluded with “café politique” sessions for developing key messages and recommendations for future action on equitable access. See a photo slideshow of the event here, along with a summary of the key messages here and a detailed report here.

A concluding Colloquium Event on Developing a Framework for a Plan of Action on Multi-Stakeholder and Multi-Sectoral Collaboration on NCDs on 30 October 2012 brought together the key messages from the full Colloquium Series and developed a framework for an action plan on multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral action for NCDs.  A briefing on WHO progress in implementing the UN Political Declaration on the Prevention and Treatment of NCDs started the programme, followed by a plenary session on illustrative national, regional and NGO initiatives.  Lead discussants at this event included Gabrielle Jacob, the First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN in Geneva, Irene Klinger, Senior Advisor, Partnerships and Multi-Sector Collaboration for the Pan American Health Organization, and Judith Watt, the Interim Director of the NCD Alliance.  The GSO Working Group on NCDs prepared a consolidated set of principles that served as the template for the interactive sessions that provided the opportunity for all participants to share their views and ideas.  A summary report of the October event is available here.  A full overview report for the Colloquium Series is available here.



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