72nd UN General Assembly Side Event

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Childhood Obesity - A Development Time-bomb: Learning from SIDS to accelerate multi-sectoral action in support of the 2025 NCDs targets and the SDGs

A Side event presented by The Permanent Mission of Barbados to the UN, The Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN, The Caribbean Community (CARICOM)1, The Pacific Island States (PSIDS)2, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC)

Will be streamed live, today Friday 22 September
on UN Web TV

from 1.15 to 2.30 p.m
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The Caribbean and Pacific small island developing States (SIDS) are sub-regions of the world with particularly high burdens of obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which threaten the achievement of sustainable development in these already vulnerable countries. Obesity is a disease in its own right, but it is also a major risk factor for many of the NCDs, and there is growing concern, specifically, about the alarming rate at which childhood obesity is increasing. Caribbean and Pacific SIDS have been focusing on this issue at the highest level. This Side Event will provide an opportunity to share the experiences of these regions, and others, in providing an enabling and less obesogenic environment for their people, especially the children.

Speakers will include:
  • Senator The Honourable Maxine McClean, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Barbados.
  • Senator The Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica.
  • The Honourable Elvin Nimrod, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Grenada.
  • The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada.
  • Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director General, WHO.
  • Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director General, Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
  • Sir George Alleyne, Director Emeritus, PAHO/WHO.
  • Sir Trevor Hassell, President, Healthy Caribbean Coalition.
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1 Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
2 Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.
The HCC is a regional network of Caribbean health NGOs and civil society organizations with the remit to combat chronic diseases (NCDs) and their associated risk factors and conditions. Our membership presently consists of more than 65 Caribbean-based health NGOs and over 55 not-for-profit organisations and, in excess of 200 individual members based in the Caribbean and across the globe.

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The work of HCC would not be possible without core funding from Sagicor Life Inc
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