Published on: July 27, 2011

This September 19-20, Heads of State, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, are meeting at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York City to discuss ways to prevent and control non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases is a landmark event within global health and development.

This week, countries’ Permanent UN Mission Offices, working alongside Ministries of Health and External Affairs, are in the final stage of negotiation for the UN NCD Summit Outcomes Document.

The summit outcomes document will provide a strategic framework for countries and global donors to follow when allocating resources to address NCDs.

Pallium India supports the overall NCD Alliance efforts and we are working with the Indian UN Permanent Mission office to ensure that the palliative care message is made strongly and clearly.

We simply can’t afford for palliative care to be watered-down or worse, not mentioned specifically in the final document.

Last week, Pallium sent the attached letter with detailed palliative care language for the UN NCD Summit document.

We urge friends in India and around the world to download the letter we sent, freely use the text from the letter, personalize it, and then email and fax the letter to:

  1. Your country’s Permanent UN Mission Office
  2. Your country’s ministry of health.

Please keep the 4 “asks” intact (from the letter) so that we’re all asking for the same thing. If possible, also email/fax the attached pdf that provides our Priority Palliative Care Language for the UN Summit.

Indian Contact information:

India’s Minister of Health
Email: /
Fax: +91 11 2306 2358

India’s Permanent UN Mission Office:

H.E. Manjeev Singh Puri
Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Attn: Vimal Acquino, First Secretary
Permanent Mission of India
235 East 43rd St.
New York NY 10017
Fax: +1 212 490 9656

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