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Thursday, August 18, 2011
RICH NATIONS SAY "LET EM ALL DIE"
The article below demonstrates how little the Center cares about the periphery, Capital cares about the poor, Empire cares about the Multitude, the First World cares about the Third(whatever or however you look at the world system). Even in something so basic as helping people to simply stay ALIVE, the people with the money and power and the States they control can't be bothered. Oh, how I wish it were their children, or better yet them who were forced to "beg" or "fight" for the right to live out their lives. My friend used to always advocate eating the rich. Maybe, she had something there.
The following is brought to you by Reuters...now there is a revolutionary source.
EUROPE, US ACCUSED OF STALLING UN DISEASE TALKS
By Kate Kelland
LONDON (Reuters) - A global health group on Thursday accused the United States, Canada and Europe of harming efforts to fight cancer, diabetes, heart and other diseases because they will not agree to set United Nations targets.
The main sticking point is money, said Ann Keeling, chair of the NCD Alliance, which groups some 2,000 health organisations from around the world focused on non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Rich nations fear they will have to foot much of the bill for tackling a chronic disease epidemic in poorer nations, and are reluctant to commit to this when their economies are in turmoil, Keeling said.
But such fears were short-sighted, she added.
"The reason we called for a U.N. summit in the first place was to move towards a global action plan," she said. "The world is essentially sleepwalking into a sick future. It's time to get back to the table and get serious about this."
The alliance singled out the United States, Canada and the European Union. It said they were stalling talks by blocking proposals for a U.N. summit scheduled for September to set a goal to cut preventable deaths from NCDs by 25 percent by 2025.
"The situation is urgent. Yet sound proposals for the draft declaration to include time-bound commitments and targets are being systematically deleted, diluted and downgraded," it said in a statement.
Non-communicable diseases, often known as chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, asthma and other lung and respiratory diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide each year, causing 36 million deaths in 2008 and accounting for 63 percent of all deaths.
Experts say that over the next 20 years, this epidemic is projected to accelerate and that by 2030, the number of deaths from NCDs could reach 52 million a year.
NCDs also account for half of all global disability, including blindness and amputations, and impose huge costs on families, healthcare systems, businesses and national economies.
The U.N. meeting, slated for September 19 and 20 in New York, is only the second ever such high-level meeting to be convened on a threat to global health.
The first, a decade ago, was dedicated to HIV and AIDS and was seen as a turning point in efforts to get care, treatment and prevention programmes to some of the hardest hit countries.
Keeling, who is also chief executive of the International Diabetes Federation, said in a telephone interview that negotiations before the UN meeting, which the alliance had hoped would be a similar turning point for chronic diseases, had broken down due to disagreements over whether targets should be set and measured.
The World Health Organisation says many deaths from NCDs could be prevented by curbing excessive alcohol intake, improving diets, discouraging smoking and promoting more physical activity.
Better screening programmes and awareness could also help reduce the number of deaths from breast and cervical cancers, high blood pressure and diabetes.
His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon Secretary-General of the United Nations New York, NY 10017, USA16 August 2011
Dear Mr. Secretary-General,
As Presidents of the four non-governmental organizations that founded the NCD Alliance, representing over 2,000 member associations with our partners, we are writing to express our grave concern at the current state of preparations for the High-Level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (HLM) on 19-20 September 2011.
As your Excellency will be aware, Member State negotiations on the draft Political Declaration for the HLM stalled on 5 August and resume on 1 September. We understand that the current draft contains no overarching goal and no clear decision to establish the means through which commitments can be followed up and coordinated at a global level. It merely “requests the Secretary-General” to provide options by the end of next year for further consideration.
Excellency, your own report to the General Assembly only three months ago makes the case for immediate action: “The knowledge and technology to fight the onset and effects of non- communicable diseases already exist. It’s time to act to save future generations from the health and socio-economic harm of such diseases.”
The situation is urgent. The social and economic cost of inaction is extremely high. Yet, it is reported that sound proposals for the draft Declaration to include time-bound commitments and targets are being systematically deleted, diluted and downgraded. In place of the promised “action-oriented outcomes”, it seems there might be only vague intentions to “consider” and “work towards”.
This is simply unacceptable. It will do nothing to protect future generations through primary and secondary prevention or to help alleviate the pain and hardship suffered now by hundreds of millions of people around the world without access to essential technologies and life-saving medicines, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. This inaction will undoubtedly also lead to increased poverty among affected populations.
Member States must grasp the opportunity of the HLM and agree to:
•an overarching goal to reduce preventable deaths from NCDs: 25% by 2025
•a set of specific, evidence-based targets and global indicators
•a clear timeline for tackling the epidemic of the four major NCDs
•a high-level collaborative initiative of government and UN agencies with civil society to stimulate and assess progress
Civil society stands ready to work with governments and the UN to tackle NCDs; but civil society will not accept a failure to act now. NCD Alliance members and supporters around the world are conveying these concerns to their Heads of State and Government this week.We urge your Excellency to use every opportunity in the coming weeks to encourage Member States to make this September the turning point in the fight to prevent and control cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and chronic respiratory disease. Let us see serious commitments in September translated swiftly into action to save lives.
Prof Jean-Claude Mbanya President International Diabetes Federation
Dr Eduardo Cazap President Union for International Cancer Control
PProf Sidney C Smith President World Heart Federation
Dr S B Squire President International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
ccc: His Excellency Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly His Excellency Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President-Elect of the General Assembly Her Excellency Sylvie Lucas, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Luxembourg His Excellency Raymond O. Wolfe, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Jamaica Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization