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

Co-presented by the University of Sydney's Centre for Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases,and the Health and Sustainability Unit – Boden Institute

Sir George Alleyne,
1 September, 2011


Sir George is a leading global public health figure. He was instrumental in initiating the forthcoming UN High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and is intimately involved in its preparation and processes. The principle and practice of equity has been a central underpinning theme of all his work. In this presetation Sir George proposed that public health must figure in any consideration of sustainable development and that the prevention and control of NCDs pose a major threat to health and therefore sustainable development. There has to be a road connecting the September 2011 United Nations High Level Meeting in New York, that will chart the action plan for the global strategy for the prevention and control of NCDs, and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development planned for Rio in 2012.

Sir George was welcomed by Associate Professor Ruth Colagiuri, Director of the Health and Sustainability Unit – Boden Institute. His presentation was followed by plenary discussion and comments from a panel comprising:

  • Professor Robert Hill, US Studies Centre, University of Sydney
  • Professor Geoff Gallop, Director, Graduate School of Government, The University of Sydney
  • Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, The University of Sydney
Sir George Alleyne

Sir George Alleyne, OCC, M.D., F.R.C.P., F.A.C.P. (Hon), DSc (Hon), a native of Barbados, became Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB), Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) on 1 February 1995 and completed a second four-year term on 31 January 2003. In 2003 he was elected Director Emeritus of the PASB. From February 2003 until December 2010 he was the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean. In October 2003 he was appointed Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. He currently holds an Adjunct professorship on the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Alleyne has received numerous awards in recognition of his work, including prestigious decorations and national honors from many countries of the Americas. In 1990, he was made Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his services to Medicine. In 2001, he was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Community, the highest honour that can be conferred on a Caribbean national.