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Sir George Alleyne

The NCD Alliance had the pleasure of speaking with Sir George Alleyne shortly after the United Nations DPI/NGO conference took place in Melbourne this past 30 August – 1 September on the theme “Advance Global Health: Achieve the MDGs”. Sir George highlighted the central role of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) for global health and development as a keynote speaker in the closing ceremonies. Sir George, a Barbados-born physician, was the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) from 1995 until 2003. He was also appointed as the UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean in 2003. His contribution to health has been recognized on several occasions: in 1990 he was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his service to medicine and in 2001, received the Order of the Caribbean Community, the highest honour that can be conferred on a Caribbean national. He has been a global advocate for the case of non-communicable diseases and contributed to the successful passage of UN Resolution 64/265 calling for a UN Summit on NCDs.

Here is what Sir George Alleyne had to say regarding his impressions of the UN DPI/NGO conference, progress on the Millennium Development Goals and his hopes for the UN summit on NCDs.

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