World Obesity Federation

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Meeting: 
144th session of the Executive Board<br>24 January - 1 February 2019
Agenda Item: 
5.8.2 Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases
Statement: 

This statement is made on behalf of World Obesity with support from European Association for the Study of Obesity.

We welcome the Political Declaration of the UN High-level Meeting on NCDs especially the addition of new commitments, including to implement interventions to halt the rise of overweight and obesity. Obesity is both a disease and a risk factor for other NCDs and thus efforts to prevent, manage and treat obesity need to be urgently prioritised as part of action to meet NCD targets and SDG goals, as well as within UHC and the revised International Classification of Diseases 11. It is vital that momentum and commitment to NCDs is maintained and that attention is now focused on implementing strong national policies to address NCDs. Ensuring that people living with NCDs are central to national action will be essential for success.

We applaud the WHO’s continued commitment to SSB taxes and welcome the update on evidence and state of implementation provided in Annex 2. SSB taxes are win-win policies, and evidence shows that an SSB tax can reduce consumption, encourage reformulation and raise revenues. We commend those Member States that have taken leadership in this area and we encourage those countries to undertake continuous evaluation to allow other Member States to learn from and implement their own effective SSB taxes.

Finally, we welcome efforts to develop a register of contributions made by non-state actors towards SDG 3.4. In particular we welcome recognition of global leaders working in this area, including our own network INFORMAS. However, it is vital that NSA action is seen as additional not as a replacement of Member State leadership. To ensure that this tool is accurate and reliable it is important that consideration is given to managing conflicts of interest in the development, and that procedures are in place for reviewing all entries to the register.

The next High-level meeting is not until 2024, but the time for action is now.