Theme: Translating Global and Regional Commitments into Local Action

20-22 June 2016, Nuku’alofa, TONGA

Pacific Islands’ leaders and ministers, and officials from regional and global development agencies, gathered

in the Kingdom of Tonga from 20-22 June to consider urgent action to address the region’s non-communicable diseases (NCD) crisis.

The first ever Pacific NCD Summit was a collaboration between the Government of Tonga and the Pacific Community (SPC), supported by the Australian Government, the New Zealand Aid Programme, World Bank, World Diabetes Foundation, World Health Organization , the Government of the United States and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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NCD crisis in the Pacific Islands region

NCDs – primarily heart disease, cancers, lung disease and diabetes – are the leading cause of death in the Pacific, with life expectancy declining in some Pacific Island countries as a result of NCD-related premature deaths.

In addition, there is a significant socio-economic burden placed on many Pacific Island countries and territories that are unable to provide essential medicines and services for preventing and caring for people with NCDs.

Some 140 participants attended. The adopted outcomes document will be made available on this webpage. Among its objectives, the Pacific NCD Summit reviewed how Pacific Island countries and territories are implementing their NCD activities aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Samoa Pathway.

The participants also:

  • reviewed progress with the Pacific NCD Roadmap in an effort to accelerate implementation
  • sought to strengthen current funding arrangements, and
  • explored new sources of funding; and create opportunities for South-South collaboration in implementing good practice to address NCDs.

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With the theme  ‘Translating Global and Regional Commitments into Local Action’, the high-level summit was held at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre in Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa.

View the Summit programme. The event was officially opened by His Majesty King Tupou VI of Tonga. UNDP Administrator Helen Clark deliver the keynote address focusing on the links between NCDs and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The opening ceremony was via livestream from Tonga Broadcasting Commission, from 8:30am (local time) on Monday 20 June 2016.

Contact SPC’s Public Health Division for general Summit enquiries:

Elisiva Na’ati : [email protected]
Solène Bertrand-Protat : [email protected]

Media contacts

  • Andrew Toimoana,  Director of Information, Tonga,[email protected]  or +676 772 9000
  • Lauren Robinson, SPC Media Relations Team Leader, [email protected] or (Tonga) +676 842 1812
  • Gwendolyn Carleton, Communications, World Diabetes Foundation, [email protected] or +45 307 943 09
  • Saula Volavola, WHO Media, [email protected]  or +679 323 4140
  • Tom Perry, Team Leader-Pacific Communications, World Bank,[email protected]  or +61 2 9235 6570