26 Sep 2011

Call for UN development goals to include cutting lifestyle disease deaths

2:25 pm on 26 September 2011

Samoa's Prime Minister is calling for the reduction of deaths from lifestyle diseases to be included in the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals.

It's been acknowledged that the proliferation of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and heart disease threaten the achievement of the goals by the 2015 deadline.

Pacific Island countries have some of the highest rates of the illnesses that are the world's main killers.

This year's 66th session of the UN General Assembly has for the first time included a high-level meeting on their prevention and control, which Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi describes as long overdue.

He told the assembly if left unchecked such illnesses will devastate economies as well as people's health.

"Samoa therefore adds its voice to the call to consider the reduction of non-communicable diseases as one of the diseases included in the Millennium Development Goals and to which sufficient resources and donor partnership actions should also prioritise."

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.