NCD Child is a global multi-stakeholder coalition, championing the rights and needs of children, adolescents, and youth who are living with or are at risk of developing NCDs. It emerged from the Child-Focused Working Group (CFWG) of the NCD Alliance. In September 2011, at the UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs (the first of its kind!), the CFWG was officially disbanded. However, the desire of its members to actively advance the child health voice in NCDs remained strong. To maintain this priority and provide a platform for continued advocacy, in 2012, NCD Child was launched by CLAN (Caring & Living As Neighbours), an Australian-based NGO formally associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information – Non-Governmental Organizations (UNDPI/NGO).
After NCD Child’s inaugural conference in 2012, a consensus statement on the need for NCDs, children, and adolescents to be placed on the broader global health and development agenda, was produced and shared with the NCD community. In 2014, the Secretariat for NCD Child was transitioned from CLAN to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a US-based membership organization of 64,000 pediatricians and pediatric medical and surgical specialists dedicated to the health of all children. NCD Child continues to establish itself as a voice for the rights of children and adolescents at risk of, living with and affected by NCDs through education, raising awareness, and broader participation in the global health and development discourse.