In the run up to the UN High Level Session on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) planned for September 19-20, 2011, the United Nations is convening a civil society interactive hearing session on June 16, 2011 in New York. The June session is to allow for input from all kinds of civil society -- businesses, nonprofits, academic institutions, religious organizations and individuals -- that can be incorporated into the final outcome document at the September session. Registration for the June meeting has been closed for about six weeks, and those organizations and individuals who have been given access have already been notified.
However, the United Nations has just announced a different mechanism for interested parties to provide input. Those who wish can provide written comments by June 10 through an online mechanism. The Word Health Organization (WHO), which is in part coordinating the June and September events and plans to summarize the written input, notes that submissions would be most helpful if they dealt with the three themes of the June 16 meeting:
Many organizations and individuals are already providing input directly to governments in advance of the historic September session. However, others may wish to avail themselves of this new way to provide written input for the UN process. Some will no doubt take the opportunity to try to advocate on topics not dealt with sufficiently or at all in recent UN and WHO summary documents on NCDs from the Moscow NCD Ministerial and the World Health Assembly: