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July 2nd 2018

With the Thirty-Ninth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), taking place this week and the 3rd United Nations High Level Meeting on NCDs in September rapidly approaching, the HCC has written an open letter to the CARICOM Heads of Government.

June 29, 2018
Dear Honourable Heads of Government of CARICOM,
On the occasion of this, the Thirty-Ninth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) calls on you, Caribbean Heads of Government and State, to indicate your commitment to addressing one of our region’s most pressing development issues - noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) - by attending the 3rd United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs.
This year on September 27th, 2018 in New York, the United Nations will host the 3rd High-Level Meeting on NCDs during the 73rd Meeting of the UN General Assembly. The 3rd High-Level Meeting on NCDs comes at a critical time when globally and in the Caribbean, rising rates of NCDs are vastly outpacing prevention and control efforts.  Leaders from across the globe are reaffirming their resolve to take bold steps to reduce unnecessary suffering and death caused by these diseases by attending the 3rd High-Level Meeting on NCDs. 
CARICOM states played an important role in catapulting NCDs onto the global health agenda beginning in 2007 with the seminal Port of Spain Declaration. This was followed by the 1st UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs in 2011 which was attended by a significant number of CARICOM Heads who declared in a strong, unified voice that the prevention and control of NCDs was of the highest priority for the region.  Almost 10 years after the 1st UN High-Level Meeting, progress in NCD prevention and control is uneven and the region is off track to meet critical NCD targets. NCDs, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases, are the leading cause of premature deaths worldwide. In the Caribbean, 8 out of 10 deaths are attributable to NCDs of which 40% occur prematurely before the age of 70 years.
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UN Interactive Hearing on NCDs This Week in New York

The Interactive hearing in preparation of the United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases will take place this week on 5 July, from 10 AM to 1 PM and from 3 PM to 6 PM, in the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the UN Headquarters in New York. The provisional programme for the interactive hearing is posted online here

HCC will have five representatives at the hearing: Dr. Christine Chin and Dr. Williamson Chea, Cancer Society of the Bahamas; Dr. Adelia Benjamin, Bovell Cancer Diabetes Foundation; Ms. Julia Mandeville, Barbados Association of Endometriosis and PCOS; and Maisha Hutton, HCC Executive Director.
Alafia Samuels
We are also happy to share that our very own Professor Alafia Samuel’s (Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, University of the West Indies and HCC Technical Advisor Policy and Practice, pictured right) will represent CARICOM as a panelist on Panel 1: Scaling up action for the prevention and control of non- communicable diseases.  WHO Senior Technical Advisor for CARICOM, Dr. Karen Sealey, will also be in attendance at the Hearing.  We encourage you to tune in via webcast ( 

HCC HLM3 Enough Campaign

HCC Launches its HLM3 Enough Campaign
The HCC is committed to playing our role in getting CARICOM Heads of Government and State to walk the talk to the High-level meeting in September. We have created a social media campaign building on the NCD Alliances global ENOUGH campaign. Over the next months we will provide more material that we urge you to share on your social media and tweet to your hands.

Last week we launched our HLM3 CARICOM heads walk the talk graphics for each head of government and state across the region.

#caricomwalkthetalkhlm3 #enoughncds
HLM3 Enough Campaign
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Voices From Across the Caribbean

Urging our leaders to attend the 3rd un high-level meeting in NCDs in September.
Voices From Across the Caribbean
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