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Commitment to tackling alcohol misuse is missing from UN summit declaration, experts say

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 13 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5836
  1. Deborah Cohen
  1. 1BMJ

After months of negotiations and lobbying by industry groups, non-governmental organisations, and public health experts, national governments have finally agreed the political declaration that will form the spine of the UN summit on non-communicable diseases later this month.

Representatives of the 193 United Nations member states will meet in New York on 19 and 20 September to commit to the declaration, which details how they should tackle rising rates of non-communicable diseases—notably cardiovascular and respiratory disease, cancer, and diabetes—in low and middle income countries.

Draft documents have been circulating for several months, and the BMJ reported last month how …

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