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Selected provisions from the Draft Ministerial Declaration

5 July 2009

Paragraph 12: We stress the importance of addressing stereotypes and eliminating all harmful traditional and customary practices which constrain the achievement of gender equality and empowerment of women, including concerted efforts to counteract violence against women and girls, which constitutes a severe threat to physical and mental health. We further stress the importance of integrating women in the decision-making process and development of gender-sensitive multisectoral health policies and programmes in order to address their needs. (facilitator)

Paragraph 15: We also recognize that non-communicable diseases are emerging as a heavy burden on society with serious social and economic consequences and the need to respond to cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases which represent a leading threat to human health and development. In this regard, we:

  1. Call for urgent action to implement the WHO Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of NCDs and its related action plan; AGREED
  2. Recognize that diabetes is a chronic, debilitating and costly disease associated with severe complications; AGREED
  3. Stress the need to scale up care for mental health conditions, including prevention, treatment and rehabilitation; AGREED
  4. Reaffirm the importance of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control within the global public health and call upon States Parties to the Convention to fully implement it. AGREED
  5. We recognize the scope of injuries caused by road traffic crashes and draw the attention to the need to improve and implement legislation to prevent such accidents. We call on the implementation of existing UN GA Resolutions and acknowledge the initiatives taken in this regard. (facilitator)

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