Gentlemen and Ladies,
• We expressly welcome the initiative of the UN Economic and Social Council to
make the topic “Education and Development” the topical focus of this year’s
Non-communicable diseases ("NCDs") are among the leading causes of both death and disability worldwide. Unless we take bold action within the next decade, NCDs will become the most common cause of death in even the poorest countries of the world.
One and a half years after the devastating earthquake, the people of Haiti are still facing daunting challenges. There has been progress, but we remain concerned about the continued plight of the Haitian population.