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Contact Details

NCD Child Conference Secretariat

PO Box 180
Morisset NSW Australia 2264
Tel: +61 2 4973 6573
Fax: +61 2 4973 6609




Creating a healthier future for children and adolescents:  A roadmap beyond the UN Summit on NCDs


19-20 March 2012


Oakland Conference Center
1111 Broadway, 7th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607



The conference committee would like to sincerely thank the following organisations for their support of this meeting.






We have heard from many interested parties who very much wanted to be part of this meeting, but who could not afford to spend three days or commit to the registration fee.
We are thrilled to announce that due to additional support from donors and a change in the program plan from three days to two, we are now able to offer registration at $190 per person. 
We have also secured very reasonably priced rooms at a hotel just one block from the conference venue (see accommodation section). 
We hope that these changes will enable everyone who would like to participate in this important conference to do so.



The format and structure of the meeting has been revised and it has now been re-designed to be a 2 day, interactive, discussion based workshop format and move away from formal presentations.

Please see Program page for further details.


Please see Registration page for full details.



The Oakland Conference Centre is part of the California Endowment Centre, located not far from downtown San Francisco. The California Endowment’s mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians.

We thank the Centre for their support in providing venue facilities.


  • Held exactly six months after the UN High Level Meeting (UNHLM) on NCDs, this conference will enable a comprehensive review of the Political Declaration that resulted, and interpret what it means for future efforts to protect children and adolescents from NCDs.
  • One of the most important shortcomings of the UNHLM is the failure of the Political Declaration adopted to include targets, accountability mechanism and commitment to action. This conference will be an opportunity for a diverse range of stakeholders to collaborate across sectors and silos to consider the best ways to protect children and adolescents from NCDs.
  • A call for abstracts will ensure a solid evidence-base informing collaborative, translational efforts by governments and organizations to develop a policy roadmap to protect the rights of children and adolescents with respect to NCDs.
  • The conference will highlight the centrality of a lifecourse approach to sustainable, scalable efforts to prevent NCDs.
  • The conference will offer a forum for exploring ways that child - and adolescent - focused NCD efforts might sustainably link with existing platforms (notably HIV and maternal and child health) and Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
  • This forum will provide a unique opportunity for stakeholders from different NCD disease silos (cancer, diabetes, heart disease and asthma at minimum) and the privare sector (not just health) to connect with and learn from one another.


The key outcomes of this conference will be:

  • A critical analysis on the Political Declaration from the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs as it relates to children and adolescents
  • A roadmap for governments and organizations in addressing the needs of children and adolescents in the prevention and control of NCDs, including recommendations of programs and policies that can be implemented
  • Enhanced literature base for future research and project work (abstracts for publication, reports, new forums for ongoing efforts)
  • Workshops to formulate practical solutions that will deliver tangible improvements in child health internationally (particularly in low -and medium - income countries)
  • Recommendations on next steps towards effective monitoring and evaluation of future ND efforts, and how child and adolescent focused NCD efforts might be integrated within existing platforms, including the Millennium Development Goals review in 2015


While the conference will explore five key learning objectives, the following cross-cutting issues will inform all discussions and outcomes:

  • rights-based approaches to child and adolescent health, wellbeing and NCD action
  • systems strengthening
  • linking with existing platforms
  • sustainability and scalability
  • multi-sectoral engagement
  • addressing the social determinants of health
  • a focus on prevention