The Caribbean NCD Forum: Supporting national and regional advocacy in the Caribbean in the lead up to the 3rd UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs in 2018, is taking place in Kingston, Jamaica from 23rd-25th April 2018. The Forum is sponsored by the World Diabetes Foundation
and our ongoing sponsor Sagicor Life Inc.
. The regional meeting bringing together a diverse group of over 90 stakeholders, aims to mobilise regional civil society organisations (CSOs) and other key stakeholders to ensure that the Caribbean is fully engaged in the 3rd UN High Level Meeting (UNHLM) on NCDs.
The Forum is being held in collaboration with HCC partners, the Jamaica Ministry of Health
, the NCD Alliance
, the Caribbean Public Health Agency
(CARPHA) and the University of the West Indies Open Campus
(UWI OC), together with HCC member organisations, including specifically the Heart Foundation of Jamaica
(HFJ) and the Diabetes Association of Jamaica
(DAJ). The HCC also acknowledges the support of PAHO
The objectives of the Forum are to: take stock of NCD progress in the Caribbean; harmonize CARICOM priority areas for the UNHLM 2018; Discuss strategies to encourage the highest level of political attendance at the 2018 UNHLM; and explore post-2018 strategies towards the achievement of 25*25 and SDGs.
The HCC will also be holding the Jamaica launch of the Childhood Obesity Prevention online petition which is part of their broader TooMuchJunk
campaign. The petition calls on CARICOM Heads of Government to reduce childhood obesity through the enactment of the following policies and legislation: imposition of a tax of not less than 20% on Sugar Sweetened Beverages; ban the sale, promotion and marketing of SSBs, and unhealthy fast/junk food in schools; and the adoption and application of regional standards for nutritional and front of package labelling of foods and beverages.
The Press release for the Caribbean NCD Forum can be downloaded/viewed here