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Agenda 2030

Agenda 2030 for sustainable development: People, planet and prosperity

In September 2015, world leaders convened at the United Nations to formally adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; an ambitious global framework to end extreme poverty, eliminate inequality and injustice, improve health outcomes and conserve our planet over the next fifteen years. 

Also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 2030 Agenda succeeds the Millennium Development Goals, which ran from 2000-2015, and comprises 17 major goals supported by 169 targets. Thanks to years of extensive advocacy, health features prominently within the SDGs, as Goal 3 of the Agenda: 'Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages'. 

Cardiovascular disease and Agenda 2030

For the first time in history, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular disease (CVD), are specifically included in the Agenda as a major development priority. This means that each of the 193 country signatories of the document have committed resources, expertise and collaborative efforts to prevent and control heart disease and other NCDs. Never before have governments been so strongly compelled to act on the global CVD epidemic.

There are three sections of the 2030 Agenda in which NCDs (including CVD) are mentioned explicitly:

Introduction: "We are committed to the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases, including behavioural, developmental and neurological disorders, which constitute a major challenge for sustainable development."

Target 3.4: "By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being."

Target 3.b: "Support the research and development of vaccines and medicines for the communicable and non-communicable diseases that primarily affect developing countries."

 

While the inclusion of CVD and NCDs in Agenda 2030 is a landmark achievement, our work is far from over. Now, more than ever, governments need to be encouraged and assisted to achieve the new target of reducing NCDs by 30% by 2030. A key way to meet this goal is to continue working towards the World Heart Federation’s target of reducing CVD by 25% by 2025, as CVD continues to cause the highest proportion of non-communicable deaths across the world.