In September 2011, the United Nations held a historic High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). The first of its kind, the meeting came at a crucial time when NCDs – such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory illnesses - are responsible for 36 million deaths annually worldwide, 80 per cent of which occur in developing countries. KHCF was proud to be a part of the Jordanian delegation and contribute to the fight against NCDs at this important meeting.
HRH Princess Ghida Talal- Speaker on behalf of Jordan
His Majesty King Abdullah II appointed HRH Princess Ghida Talal, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation, to represent Jordan as his special envoy to the United Nations General Assembly’s High Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Princess Ghida joined world leaders in calling for urgent and immediate action on NCDs to save millions of lives globally, saying: “I urge all present here today to take action now, before we have a catastrophe of epic proportions on our hands. It is not a choice or an option… We in Jordan are committed to this meeting’s Political Declaration and to implementing one national framework for NCD risk factors control".
HRH Princess Dina Mired- KeynoteSpeaker on behalf of all civil society
HRH Princess Dina Mired, Director General of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation, was chosen to present the keynote speech on behalf of all civil society (social, civic and voluntary organizations) at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on NCDs, alongside the UN Secretary General, the President of the UN General Assembly, and the WHO Director General. During her speech, HRH Princess Dina Mired highlighted the importance of facing up to the NCD epidemic and urged the Assembly to muster the political will required to combat NCDs effectively. HRH Princess Dina Mired added: “Governments must own responsibility and lead on this matter, but their efforts should be paralleled by funding and support from the global community”.
The UN High Level Meeting on NCDs ended with member states adopting a Political Declaration that will shape the international health agenda for generations to come.