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The 2018 United Nations High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (UN HLM on NCDs) on 27 September 2018 has represented a vital opportunity to review – at the highest political level – the recent progress achieved by member states and the need for renewed action and collaboration to address the global NCD crisis. Kidney disease - the 11th leading cause of death globally – is a rapidly growing health burden and poses a significant health care challenge for governments, particularly in low-and middle-income countries.

Kidney disease is a cause and a consequence of other major NCDs, including heart disease and diabetes, and yet it has been neglected in global NCD discussions to date.

Kidney disease is a high priority NCD which now requires urgent consideration by political leaders. As the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda progresses and provides a platform for raising awareness of NCD health care and monitoring needs, targeted action on kidney disease should become integral to the global policy response.

For this purpose, ISN developed a priorities briefing paper to inform contributors to the UN HLM process and beyond of the importance of kidney disease and to highlight best practice policy solutions.

Outcomes of the High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases 2019: the kidney perspective

On 27 September 2018, the 73rd gathering of the United Nations General Assembly staged the 3rd High Level meeting on the prevention and control of NCDs. A total of 23 Heads of State and Government and 55 Ministers of Health attended and spoke at the meeting.

ISN was invited to attend the meeting in its capacity of non-state actor in official relation with WHO and was the only kidney organisation attending the event. The meeting took place over 8 hours and culminated in the adoption of the Political Declaration of the HLM2018.

ISN welcomes the emphasis of Political Declaration on the need of a multi-sectoral and integrated approach to disease management and the commitment of to whole-of-society, health in all policies, equity based and life course approaches to disease care. We however urge member states to ensure that no disease is left behind and that kidney disease is fully integrated in national NCDs health management strategies.

ISN was given a chance to submit a statement to contribute to the discussions in writing which is accessible here.

You can also review our full report and ISN analysis of the of the HLM2018 outcomes here.

Download the ISN briefing paper and supporting materials here: 

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Public Consultation of the WHO High Level Commission on NCDs - ISN response

  Template letter to send to policy makers [14 November 2019] UPDATED!


How you can build on the momentum of the HLM2018 and support ISN's advocacy campaign?

  • You are a stakeholder that participated in the preparatory process of the 2018 HLM on NCDs: urge your head of state or minister of health to address the omit of kidney disease in the global NCD agenda to date by supporting commitments to the actions outlined in ISN’s campaign priorities paper. You can use our suggested template letter here.
  • You are a national policy maker: Support the implementation of the policy asks outlined in ISN’s campaign priorities paper and encourage your administration to raise the profile of kidney disease during the 2018 HLM on NCDs.
  • You are a civil society organization (NGO, association, foundation), publisher or media representative: Spread the message of ISN’s policy asks and help us reach a wider audience worldwide. Contact your policy liaisons and ask them to support the policy asks of the ISN's campaign priorities paper and to implement them at local level. Contribute to any upcoming public consultations. Be active on social media! 




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