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Urban Food Policy Forum: Reducing Harmful Corporate Influences on Diet-related Non-Communicable Diseases: Lessons from the United Nations/WHO Global Initiatives

  • CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy 55 West 125th Street, 7th Floor New York, NY 10027 (map)

The Third United Nations High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) will take place in New York City at the end of September. Its goal is to review progress made since the first meeting in 2011 and to consider goals for the coming years. To mark this event and to consider its implications for food policy in New York and elsewhere, the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute invites you to its September Urban Food Policy Forum. 



  • Jeff Collin, Professor of Global Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh, Limiting Corporate Interference in Health Policy: Lessons from across Tobacco, Alcohol and Food.

  • Paula Johns, General Director, ACT Health Promotion - Brazil, The Role of Global and National Civil Society Groups in Reducing Harmful Corporate Influences on Food Policy.

  • Neena Prasad, Director of Obesity Prevention Program, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Lessons from the Obesity Prevention Program, a multi-year effort to support public health policies aimed at improving the food environment in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, the Caribbean and South Africa.


Moderator Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute.


Read a special post about this event from our News section here.

Our Speakers suggest the following additional resources on NCDs and corporate practices:

Jeff Collin suggests:

  • Collin, J., Hill, S. E., Eltanani, M. K., Plotnikova, E., Ralston, R., & Smith, K. E. (2017). Can public health reconcile profits and pandemics? An analysis of attitudes to commercial sector engagement in health policy and research. PLoS ONE, 12(9),1–13.

  • Collin, J., & Casswell, S. (2016). Alcohol and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Lancet, 387(10038),2582–2583.

  • Collin, J., (2012). Tobacco control, global health policy and development: towards policy coherence in global governance. Tobacco Control, 21(2),274-280.

Paula Johns suggests:

Neena Prasad suggests:

  • Papers on Impact of sugary beverage taxes from Mexico and Berkeley (some funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies):

  • Colchero MA, Popkin BM, Rivera JA, Ng SW.(2016).  Beverage purchases from stores in Mexico under the excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages: observational study.BMJ. 352.

  • Colchero MA, Rivera-Dommarco J, Popkin BM, Ng SW. (2017). In Mexico, Evidence Of Sustained Consumer Response Two Years After Implementing A Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax. Health Affairs. 2017; 36(3):564-71.

  • Silver LD, Ng SW, Ryan-Ibarra S, Taillie LS, Induni M, Miles DR, et al. Changes in prices, sales, consumer spending, and beverage consumption one year after a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Berkeley, California, US: A before-and-after study. PLOS Medicine. 2017; 14(4):e1002283.

  • Falbe J, Thompson HR, Becker CM, Rojas N, McCulloch CE, Madsen KA.(2016)  Impact of the Berkeley Excise Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption. American Journal of Public Health. e1-e7.

Nicholas Freudenberg suggests:

  • Corporations and Health Watch- Tracking the Effects of Corporate Practices on Health http://www.corporationsandhealth.org/

  • Freudenberg N. (2014) Lethal but Legal Corporations, Consumption and Protecting Public Health. Oxford University Press, Paperback, 2016.

  • Freudenberg N. (2012) The manufacture of lifestyle: The role of corporations in unhealthy living. Journal of public health policy. 33(2):244-56.

  • McKee M, Stuckler D. (2018) Revisiting the corporate and commercial determinants of health. American Journal of Public Health. 108(9):1167-70.