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[Editorial] NCD Countdown 2030: strengthening accountability

One of the most powerful forces to emerge from the MDG era has been the idea of accountability. At its most elementary level, accountability means holding those with responsibility for health accountable for their commitments. It is a controversial concept. Few governments wish to be judged by their actions. Global health is replete with pledges, agreements, and declarations guaranteeing outcomes. A Marshall Plan for west Africa after Ebola? Financial assistance to deliver universal health coverage? Scaling up human resources for health? Empty promises.