The NCD Alliance will be convening the first ever Global NCD Alliance Forum on 13th-15th November 2015 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and Royal Patron of FoCP, International Ambassador of the World Cancer Declaration for Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and International Ambassador for Childhood Cancer for UICC, is the Forum’s Patron as part of her commitment to the fight against cancer and NCDs. The Forum is organised in partnership with local host organisation, Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP).
The Forum brings together representatives from over 40 national and regional NCD alliances from across the world to share best practices and build a sense of community. The Forum aims to provide a platform for strengthening advocacy, stimulating collaboration, identifying network-wide priorities and coordinating advocacy planning at national, regional and global levels. The Forum is designed to be interactive and to provide a safe space for knowledge exchange and networking.
Forum attendance is by invitation only and approximately 200 delegates are expected, including national and regional NCD Alliance representatives, global health experts and recognised NCD champions, patient advocates, International NGOs, Government representatives, NCD Alliance Steering Group members and supporters.
The Forum focuses on three key areas, under the banner theme of “NCD Advocacy and Accountability in the Post-2015 Era”:
- Advocacy and accountability – driving change and demanding action. What are concrete examples, challenges, best practices and opportunities in advocating for NCDs as a priority issue?
- Organisational development. How can NCD alliances function optimally to enable effective NCD advocacy efforts?