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Advocacy at the UN

The World Heart Federation is in ‘Special Relations’ with the United Nations (UN) and has ‘Official Relations’ status with the World Health Organization (WHO). Due to this unique advocacy position, we are able to influence key decision-makers directly and elevate CVD on the global health agenda. 

UN HLM 2011

Together with other health partners, including the NCD Alliance, the World Heart Federation advocated for a landmark UN High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in 2011. This meeting mobilized the WHO and Member States to prioritise NCDs such as CVD on their national health agendas – 28 heads of state pledged a commitment to reduce the global disease burden. 

The UN HLM 2011 led to the crucial creation of the WHO NCD GAP (2013-2020), the WHO NCD GMF (2014), and the WHO GCM (2014-onwards). It also led to NCDs, including CVD, being prioritized in Agenda 2030


UN HLM 2018

A third historic UN HLM on NCDs will be held in New York in 2018. This meeting will review progress made so far on preventing and controlling NCDs, especially within the context of Agenda 2030. Read more about CVD and Agenda 2030 here.