IFIC Foundation Encourages the United Nations to Emphasize the Importance of Science-Based Communication, Consumer Insights, and Behavior When Addressing Noncommunicable Disease Prevention and Control

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(Washington, D.C.) – In response to a United Nations request to civil society organizations, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation submitted comments to His Excellency Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly, on solutions for noncommunicable disease (NCDs) prevention and control. The comments will provide input for the report on the outcomes of the UN Civil Society Informal Interactive Hearing on NCDs to be held on June 16, 2011.

Click here for the full text of the IFIC Foundation letter submitted to the UN.

Additionally, the IFIC Foundation was selected to participate in the UN Civil Society Hearing in New York.  The hearing is an opportunity for nongovernmental organizations, civil society organizations, academia, and the private sector to provide input into the preparatory process for the 2011 UN General Assembly High-level Meeting NCD Prevention and Control to be held on September 19-20, 2011, in New York, NY. 

Both the written comments and the hearing provide a wide range of important stakeholders with the opportunity to identify challenges and priority outcomes and actions to accelerate the prevention and control of NCDs by Member States.

“We look forward to participating in the United Nations Civil Society Hearing and offer these written suggestions because simple, science-based, behavior-focused communication messages on nutrition and health are an effective and affordable way to help citizens from around the world reduce risk factors associated with noncommunicable diseases,” said IFIC Foundation Executive Director Kimberly Reed.

In April, the IFIC Foundation also encouraged key U.S. and international participants involved in the First Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and Noncommunicable Disease (NDC) Control and World Health Organization (WHO) Global Forum: Addressing the Challenge of NCDs to focus on science-based, behavior-focused communication messages when addressing NCDs.  Click here for the April 26 IFIC Foundation Press Release.