In 2017, the global Advocacy Agenda of People Living with NCDs was launched at the second Global NCD Alliance Forum. The Advocacy Agenda was built with the generous input of nearly 2000 people living with NCDs who took part in Our Views, Our Voices consultation efforts. The Advocacy Agenda of People Living with NCDs serves as a compass for action for the NCD community. It has four pillars: prevention; treatment, care and support; social justice; and meaningful involvement. The Advocacy Agenda calls for opportunities for involvement of people living with NCDs in government decision making bodies and processes that relate to NCDs.
“To accelerate progress on NCDs, we, people living with NCDs are uniting to take a stand, claim our voices, and put an end to political inertia. We must be a part of decision making bodies and processes and have our views and voices heard. Our presence, passion, dedication, and insights stand to lend vigour and urgency to an NCD response that truly reflects the needs and priorities of people.”
Since the launch of the Advocacy Agenda, resounding calls to put people living with NCDs at the forefront of the NCD response have been made across the globe, both within the political and community spheres. The Advocacy Agenda is now being framed through a national lens, as led by national NCD alliances around the world, so that countries can own their agenda and take it forward.