As the Chairman of CARICOM and with responsibility for Health and Human Resource Development Dr. Douglas was a Guest at the special meeting of the CARICOM Ambassadors/Permanent Representatives at the United Nations in preparation of the upcoming summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
The meeting was used as an update on the state of negotiations of the Outcome Document intended to be the Political Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) for the UN High Level Meeting (HLM).
Prime Minister Douglas received reports from Ambassador Raymond Wolfe, the Permanent Representative of the Jamaican Mission and one of the Co-Facilitators in the negotiations. Mr. Wolfe was also supported by Mr. Troy Torrington of Guyana, who represented the positions of the G77 and China during the negotiations.
PAHO’s Representative at the United Nations, Dr. Karen Sealey and several Ambassadors were engaged in discussions on key issues.
Prime Minister Douglas contributed to the discussion and explained “These need to be settled quickly with skill and diplomacy,”
Prime Minister Douglas has expressed satisfaction that much work has been done and thanked all the Ambassadors for their dedicated work.
The High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (UN High Level Meeting) will be held on September 19th and 20th at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases will focus on the four most non-communicable diseases, such as, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. The aim being is to come to an agreement on a global strategy to address NCDs.