Meeting the NCD-related Sustainable Development Goals: can the United Nations system fulfil its potential?

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C3 Collaborating for Health, CAN Mezzanine, 7-14 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4YR

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Start: 15 December 2017 at 8.30 am (breakfast & registration from 8 am)

End: 15 December 2017 at 10.30 am

What is the role of the UN Interagency Task Force?

The third UN High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases is set to take place next year. The event will mark a critical opportunity to review global progress on the prevention and control of NCDs to date. Dr Banatvala, head of the UN’s Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of NCDs, will talk about the role of the UN Interagency Task Force in shaping the global debate around NCDs.

Established in 2013, the role of the Task Force is to provide support to countries to scale up action on the prevention and control of NCDs. In 2016 this was broadened to include the NCD-related SDGs. This breakfast seminar will describe the work of the Task Force, review what the Task Force has achieved so far and will explore challenges that are preventing it from having a greater impact.


Who should attend this seminar?

This is a meeting that all those interested in NCDs, the sustainable development agenda, the work of the multilateral system and policy coherence should join.


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About the speaker: Dr Nick Banatvala

Dr Nick Banatvala leads the Secretariat of the UN Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and control of NCDs in WHO. Prior to his work there, Nick was head of global affairs at the Department of Health in England where he led the development and implementation of the UK Government’s first-ever global health strategy, working with WHO and the Department of Health on bilateral engagement with emerging economies. Before that, he headed up the Department for International Development’s (DfID) work on global health initiatives and on scaling up health services, and on health and education programmes in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East. Nick has also held senior posts in UK public health. Nick has experience of the NGO sector, having worked with the UK aid agency Merlin on a number of development and humanitarian programmes.

Dr Nick Banatvala trained in paediatrics and infectious diseases before moving into public health and epidemiological research in the UK and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Nick has sat on government, non-government and academic boards, as well as national and international committees. He has undertaken consultancies for a number of agencies including the World Bank. He has published widely on a range of international public health issues.


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