World Obesity Federation

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Meeting: 
Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
- Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases
Statement: 

Chairperson, distinguished delegates, colleagues.

The World Obesity Federation congratulates Member States on the Political Declaration of the UN High-level Meeting on NCDs and welcome the addition of new commitments, in particular to implement interventions to halt the rise of overweight and obesity. As recognised, the obesity target remains the only one of the nine NCD targets where progress has been made in no country in the world. As such urgent action and prioritisation of the prevention and management of obesity at a local, national, regional and global level is needed if we are meet the target and reduce obesity rates worldwide by 2025.

We applaud the WHO’s continued commitment to taxes on SSBs 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 NSAs towards the 2025 targets and SDG target 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 to Member State actions and is not seen to replace the need for Member State leadership. To ensure that this tool is accurate and reliable it is important that consideration is given to managing conflicts of interest and that procedures are in place for reviewing all entries to the register.

Although the next High-level meeting is not until 2024, the time for action is now and we offer our support to ensure progress is made in the prevention and management of NCDs, particularly obesity.

Thank you.