The Third UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on NCDs is less than 90 days away. Over the past six months, child health advocates, including health care providers, civil society, and youth, have repeatedly urged Member States to ensure the final Political Declaration for the UN HLM on NCDs is responsive to the needs of the population most affected by its policies: children, adolescents, and young people. These recommendations were developed by youth advocates and are meant to be shared with Member States throughout July.
The global economic toll of NCDs is staggering – ensuring increased and sustained investments in NCD prevention and control is paramount. NCD financing, like most global funding mechanisms, is a complex, intricate web of stakeholders, global and national budgets, and resource allocation. This toolkit is a guide to help young advocates and other key stakeholders better understand what NCD financing entails so they can speak more confidently and credibly about its importance.
This letter is developed to be sent from young people to government officials and making our key asks - proposing intergenerational collaboration for NCD policies as well as include a young person in their official country delegation to the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs. We suggest that the letter be sent much in advance of the High Level Meeting, since being included in the preparatory work for the meeting could offer great opportunities to learn and influence.
The talking points highlight some key messages related to the prevention, treatment, and management of NCDs in young people. The information can be used in a variety of platforms, including but not limited to, social media, advocacy at high-level meetings, outreach to government, and collaborations with important civil society partners.
Twitter is an excellent way to get your voice heard. The NCD online conversation has grown tremendously in the last several years with engagement from the Director General of WHO to nurses in rural settings in Africa. To encourage young people to participate in the online dialogue, this basic primer on key accounts, hashtags, and general tips was created.
Youth champions at the NCD Alliance Forum 2017 have launched a new call to action calling on both young people & the wider stakeholder community to step up the pace on NCDs ahead of the UN High Level Political Forum.
The Budva Youth Declaration, developed during the 2017 International Federation of the Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), is a call to action on the prevention and control of NCDs for all policymakers, sectors of government, civil society, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders. It provides 6 key areas for additional investment and policy coherence.
Penned by NCD Child Governing Council member, Dr Marie Hauerslev, the perspective in the International Journal of NCDs, offers an overview of the challenges and emerging youth-driven actions to address NCDs at local, national, and global levels.
The publication, How youth can drive the NCD agenda: a Report of the 71st WHA Townhall: the Next Generation & NCDs, offers insight from a candid discussion with WHO High-Level Commission on NCDs co-chair, Dr Sania Nishtar on how to better engage young people in the global NCD agenda. It includes feedback from attendees, key takeaways, and recommendations to amplify the voices of youth.