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CDPAC part of select Canadian delegation at the UN High-Level Non-Communicable Diseases Summit
The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) is honoured to have been invited to join the Hon. Leona Aglukkak, Minister of Health, as a member of Canada’s delegation to the United Nations High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases in New York on September 19 and 20, 2011.
Chronic diseases – including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases – are the leading case of death and disability worldwide.
In Canada, approximately two-thirds of total deaths are due to chronic diseases. In 2011, Canada can expect to lose over 160,000 people from largely preventable chronic disease.
Chronic diseases are also a burden to our health care system; in 2000 (the most recent year for which data are available), chronic disease cost the Canadian economy approximately $188 billion.
The UN meeting represents an excellent opportunity for countries around the world to elevate, specify and confirm their individual and joint levels of commitment to addressing the major causes of chronic disease and taking action to prevent these diseases.
CDPAC is committed to partnering with the Minister of Health, provincial-territorial governments, policy-makers and stakeholders in our collective movement towards a Canada in which chronic diseases no longer take their toll on our people and our economy.
For more information, visit our UN Summit Information page.