Global NCD Alliance Forum 2017, 9th-11th December

by HCC

Global NCD Alliance Forum 2017Global NCD Alliance Forum 2017, 9th-11th December, Stepping Up the Pace on NCDs: Making 2018 Count.

The second Global NCD Alliance Forum took place 9th-11th December, 2017, in Sharjah, UAE. It provided a prime opportunity to unite and mobilise NCD civil society ahead of the 2018 UN High-level Meeting on NCDs.

It was timed to allow for strategic priority setting and advocacy planning for the 2018 UN HLM on NCDs.

The forum brought together representatives from NCD civil society from across the world, building links with multilaterals, international NGOs, select government representatives and NCD experts.

Speakers included HCC President Sir Trevor Hassell and HCC Patron Sir George Alleyne.

HCC President Sir Trevor Hassell

Sir Trevor called for a

Grand NCD March of Indignation and Hope at the UNHLM 2018

HCC Patron Sir George Alleyne

The Caribbean region was well represented.

Representatives of the Caribbean Region in Sharjah

(left to right) Maisha Hutton Executive Director of the HCC, Deborah Chen, Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica & NCD Alliance Board Member, Sir Trevor Hassell, HCC President, Dr Karen Sealey, HCC Board Member, Sir George Alleyne, Director Emeritus PAHO, Board Member of the NCD Alliance & HCC Patron, Dona Da Costa Martinez, Trinidad & Tobago NCD Alliance, Professor Tara Lisa Persaud HCC Technical Advisor and Sharon Fraser, the Belize Diabetes Association

The HCC won an award for excellence in civil society action, the Sharjah Awards in Excellence in Non-communicable Diseases were presented to the NCD alliances with initiatives featured in the NCD Alliance NCD Atlas, which documents 38 case studies and programmes collected from national and regional NCD alliances around the world. The categories are awareness, accountability, advocacy and access. Read more

HCC wins award for excellence

(left to right) Sharon Fraser, the Belize Diabetes Association, Professor Tara Lisa Persaud HCC Technical Advisor, Dona Da Costa Martinez, Trinidad & Tobago NCD Alliance, Sir Trevor Hassell, HCC President, Maisha Hutton Executive Director of the HCC, Dr Karen Sealey, HCC Board Member, Deborah Chen, Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica & NCD Alliance Board Member and Sir George Alleyne, Director Emeritus PAHO, Board Member of the NCD Alliance & HCC Patron

It was an interactive forum, providing a safe space for knowledge exchange, sharing good practice, and capacity building for NCD advocacy.

The full programme is available here.

The regular updates were shared through Twitter, the official Forum hashtag was #NCDAF2017, it included the sharing of highlights, links to newly launched resources, information about speakers, updates, recaps from each day, photos and live coverage.

Read more on the NCD Alliance website here and

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