The World Health Organization estimates that tens of millions of people will die each year from chronic, noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Such a statistic demands global action, but if you had watched coverage of last fall’s United Nations General Assembly, you might have thought that all that happened was some fiery speeches.
What you might not know is that many governments, including the United States, were quietly working together on declarations to set priorities in the fight against these diseases. The final declarations enjoyed consensus from all countries, paving the way for this week’s WHO executive board meeting, where governments will further discuss these and set the agenda for the year.
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