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Charting Compliance with the 2007 Port of Spain Summit Commitments on Non-communicable Diseases

List of Commitments

Commitments containing specified institutions or mandates

1: [We declare] Our full support for the initiatives and mechanisms aimed at strengthening regional health institutions, to provide critical leadership required for implementing our agreed strategies for the reduction of the burden of Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases as a central priority of the Caribbean Cooperation in Health Initiative Phase III (CCH III), being coordinated by the CARICOM Secretariat, with able support from the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) and other relevant partners [Compliance report]

14: [We declare] Our endorsement of the efforts of the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI), Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the regional inter-governmental agencies to enhance food security. [Compliance report]

15: [We declare] our strong support for the elimination of trans-fats from the diet of our citizens, using the CFNI as a focal point for providing guidance and public education designed toward this end [Compliance report]

16: [We declare] Our support for the efforts of the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM) to pursue fair trade policies in all international trade negotiations thereby promoting greater use of indigenous agricultural products and foods by our populations and reducing the negative effects of globalisation on our food supply [Compliance report]

25: [We declare] That we will establish, as a matter of urgency, the programmes necessary for research and surveillance of the risk factors for NCDs with the support of our Universities and the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre/Pan American Health Organisation (CAREC/PAHO)

26: [We declare] Our continuing support for CARICOM and PAHO as the joint Secretariat for the Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH) Initiative to be the entity responsible for revision of the regional plan for the prevention and control of NCDs, and the monitoring and evaluation of this Declaration.

Commitments with only specified international instruments

2: [We declare] Our commitment to pursue immediately a legislative agenda for passage of the legal provisions related to the International Framework Convention on Tobacco Control [Compliance report]

Commitments without specified institutions, mandates or instruments

3: [We] support the immediate enactment of legislation to limit or eliminate smoking in public places [Compliance report]

4: [We support the immediate enactment of legislation to] ban the sale [of tobacco products to children] [Compliance report]

5: [We support the immediate enactment of legislation to] ban the advertising [of tobacco products to children] [Compliance report]

6: [We support the immediate enactment of legislation to] ban the promotion [of tobacco products to children] [Compliance report]

7: [We] insist on effective warning labels [for tobacco] [Compliance report]

8: [We will] introduce such fiscal measures as will reduce accessibility of tobacco [Compliance report]

9: [We declare] That public revenue derived from tobacco, alcohol or other such products should be employed, inter alia for preventing chronic NCDs, promoting health and supporting the work of the Commissions [Compliance report]

10: [We declare] That our Ministries of Health, in collaboration with other sectors, will establish by mid-2008 comprehensive plans for the screening and management of chronic diseases and risk factors so that by 2012, 80% of people with NCDs would receive quality care and have access to preventive education based on regional guidelines [Compliance report]

11: [We declare] That we will mandate the re-introduction of physical education in our schools where necessary [Compliance report]

12: [We declare that we will] provide incentives and resources to effect [the re-introduction of physical education in our schools]

13: [We will] ensure that our education sectors promote programmes aimed at providing healthy school meals and promoting healthy eating [Compliance report]

17: [We declare] Our support for mandating the labeling of foods or such measures as are necessary to indicate their nutritional content through the establishment of the appropriate regional capability

18: [We declare] That we will promote policies and actions aimed at increasing physical activity in the entire population, e.g. at work sites, through sport, especially mass activities, as vehicles for improving the health of the population and conflict resolution

19: In this context we commit to increasing adequate public facilities such as parks and other recreational spaces to encourage physical activity by the widest cross-section of our citizens

20: [We declare] Our commitment to take account of the gender dimension in all our programmes aimed at the prevention and control of NCDs

21: [We declare] That we will provide incentives for comprehensive public education programmes in support of wellness

22: [We declare that we will provide incentives for comprehensive public education programmes in support of] healthy life-style changes

23: [We declare that we will provide incentives for comprehensive public education programmes in support of] improved self-management of NCDs

24: [We will] embrace the role of the media as a responsible partner in all our efforts to prevent and control NCDs

27: We hereby declare the second Saturday in September "Caribbean Wellness Day"