Honorable Co-Chairs and Esteemed Delegates,
I represent the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network - a community of over 6,000 members worldwide, seeking to promote grassroots action on NCDs. And we believe that NCDs are the social justice issue of our generation.
Thank you to governments and stakeholders who have made important commitments and progress on NCDs to date.
But let us be clear, when it comes to achieving our goals on both NCD prevention and treatment, competing private interests are too often pitted against our survival and well-being.
The political declaration has real limitations when it comes to ensuring access to affordable medicines, including the use of TRIPS flexibilities to preserve national rights to access lifesaving treatments; the need for transparency and minimization of conflicts of interest; and real investment on NCDs- including meeting the commitments of the Abuja declaration. There is also a gap when it comes to building a workforce that is equipped to tackle NCDs- with a focus on the next generation and young leaders.
We ask to shift the discussion when it comes to win-wins with the private sector. We demand that in all rhetoric and actions, people win first, and industry wins second.
Our organization was involved with the human rights agenda put forward by the NCD Alliance, collecting the voices of patients worldwide. Our own Executive Director, who is an American Type 1 diabetic, ran into issues this week getting access to the insulin that keeps her alive as well as the supplies like syringes, which cannot be purchased easily out of state even here, in the home of the United Nations.
We ask for urgency and continued dedication to the people, living with and at risk for NCDs, as we move forward in building grassroots action, and that real actions be taken to advance the human right to NCD prevention and care.