World leaders kicked off an historic two-day meeting, just under an hour ago at the United Nations to discuss non-communicable diseases, only the second health issue ever discussed at a special meeting of the General Assembly….

The first was HIV/AIDS about a decade ago….

This country’s Prime Minister, Kamla Persad Bissessar delivered the feature address at the meeting…

She spoke about prevention and control of non-communicable diseases worldwide, with a particular focus on Trinidad and Tobago’s stance on the issue.

 The Prime Minister also called on other member states to strengthen their commitment in the fight against non – communicable diseases, especially, according to her, for the children.

Mrs. Persad-Bissessar is also expected to participate in the interactive panel discussion on the achievements and challenges in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.

The panel discussion is being hosted by Heads of State and Governments of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) in collaboration with PAHO/WHO.

Meantime, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has described the meeting as a landmark meeting…

He said illnesses that range from diabetes to heart disease to cancer are increasingly reaching developing nations which often remain ill-equipped to provide the medicines and treatment to offset their affects.