NEW YORK: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, has renewed the appointment of Michael R. Bloomberg as WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and Injuries, as world leaders meet at the United Nations in New York to agree steps to better address NCDs, the world’s biggest killers.
“I am delighted that Mike Bloomberg has agreed to continue in his role as WHO Global Ambassador,” said Dr Tedros. “He has had tremendous impact in that role over the past two years. I want to particularly thank him for launching the Partnership for Healthy Cities – so far 50 cities have signed up to the network, committing to protecting their populations from NCDs.”
During his second term as Global Ambassador, Michael R. Bloomberg will continue to support global, national, and local efforts to protect people from NCDs and injuries. Many of the work streams from the first appointment will continue, including building the Partnership for Healthy Cities and promoting investment in NCD and injury prevention.
“Noncommunicable diseases are an urgent problem affecting more and more people, but we have the power to change that,” said Michael R. Bloomberg. “Cities and countries are starting to make encouraging progress, and the faster we act, the more lives will be saved. I’m looking forward to working with Dr. Tedros and the WHO for another two years.”