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Tackling non-communicable diseases and sustainable development


31 August 2011

Sir George Alleyne: "Health concerns are still often not considered as essential to how development is undertaken."
Sir George Alleyne: "Health concerns are still often not considered as essential to how development is undertaken."

On 1 September, one of the world's leading public health figures, Sir George Alleyne will give a Sydney Ideas address on an issue of critical worldwide importance - non-communicable diseases and sustainable development.

Sir George has been both the Director and Director Emeritus of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau, Regional Office of the World Health Organization. For seven years he was the United Nations (UN) Secretary General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean.

Most recently Sir George has been involved in initiating a landmark UN meeting on non-communicable diseases, to take place in September.

His talk will underline the need for decisions made there to inform future meetings on sustainable development.

"There has to be a direct connection made between the commitments made by the Heads of Government in New York for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development planned for Rio in 2012," Sir George said.

"The non-communicable diseases pose a major threat to health and therefore sustainable development," Sir George said.

"The thinking on sustainable development has evolved from being primarily concerned with the physical environment but health concerns are still often not considered as essential to how development is undertaken."

The talk is being co-presented by the University of Sydney's new centre dedicated to researching obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases and the Health and Sustainability Unit at the University's Boden Institute. Sir George will be welcomed by Associate Professor Ruth Colagiuri, Director of the Unit.

His presentation will be followed by discussion and comments from a panel, chaired by Professor Robert Hill from the US Studies Centre and comprising:


Event details

What: Non-communicable diseases and sustainable development - from New York to Rio

When: 5 to 6.30pm, Thursday 1 September

Where: Great Hall, the Quadrangle, Camperdown Campus. See map and directions

Cost: Free

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