Trade, Trade Agreements and Non-Communicable Diseases in the Pacific Islands PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jacinta Isaacs   
Friday, 19 April 2013

 Published: March 2013

The Pacific islands have some of the highest rates of obesity and diabetes in the world, with obesity rates as high as 75% and diabetes rates as high as 47% in some countries. Increasing reliance on imported foods has contributed to an ‘epidemic’ of obesity and related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the region.

 

Several trade agreements currently being negotiated by Pacific island countries are likely to have a big impact on future ability to address NCDs and there is a need for closer engagement between the health and trade sectors. However, capacity development is needed to support such collaboration.

 

This report summarises the proceedings of a Sub-Regional Workshop on “Trade, Trade Agreements and Non-Communicable Diseases” held in Nadi, Fiji from 11-14 February 2013, which sought to address the need for capacity building to support such collaboration.

The Pacific islands have some of the highest rates of obesity and diabetes in the world, with obesity rates as high as 75% and diabetes rates as high as 47% in some countries. Increasing reliance on imported foods has contributed to an ‘epidemic’ of obesity and related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the region.

 

Several trade agreements currently being negotiated by Pacific island countries are likely to have a big impact on future ability to address NCDs and there is a need for closer engagement between the health and trade sectors. However, capacity development is needed to support such collaboration.

 

A Sub-Regional Workshop on “Trade, Trade Agreements and Non-Communicable Diseases” held in Nadi, Fiji from 11-14 February 2013 sought to address the need for capacity building to support such collaboration.

 

The event was organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Pacific Research Centre for the Prevention of Obesity and Non-communicable Diseases, the United Nations Development Programme and the World Health Organization. 

 

This report summarises the proceedings of the workshop, including the following sessions:

 

Session 1: The intersection of trade and NCDs: an overview

 

Session 2: Trade agreements and how they can intersect with NCDs

 

Session 3: Regional cases where trade and NCDs have intersected

 

Session 4: Assessing potential impacts of trade agreements on health and feasibility of policy options

 

Session 5: Towards health and trade policy coherence

 

Sessions 6 & 7: Way forward and commitments

 

Download the report here.

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