The World Health Organization says its members are poised to agree to a target of cutting a quarter of premature deaths from chronic diseases by 2025.
It is the first time that countries will set a concrete global goal for reducing premature deaths from cardiovascular and lung diseases, diabetes and cancer.
Some 12 million people aged 30 to 70 years died from those four diseases in 2010.
Countries are expected to formally adopt the resolution Saturday.
The global health agency says countries will next work on specific recommendations for reducing salt and sugar intake, smoking and promoting physical activity at a meeting in October.
Tim Armstrong of WHO's chronic disease unit told reporters in Geneva on Friday that the new target would be a "very significant step" for global health.
Our Reversible Moral Coma
Jake Tapper’s interview with the DNC Chair on superdelegates and the train wreck that followed
NY Cop Convicted; CA Cop Charged in Negligent Discharge Deaths
Flint’s Water Poisoned by Federal, State and Local Government Failures
Democrat Debate: Two Old White People Yell At Each Other | RedState
New Jersey Man Slays Child | Human Events
'Can't imagine': Dana Perino and Ari Fleischer amazed by what's in these Hillary-related emails