January 2000 AAOS Report
UN supports Bone and Joint Decade
On Nov. 30, Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, announced the U.N. support of the Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010. In his letter Annan noted that there are effective ways to prevent or treat disabling musculoskeletal conditions, and that the United Nations joins the World Health Organization, national and international organizations for people with musculoskeletal disorders, and health care professionals, to work globally with the Bone and Joint Decade movement to improve the quality of life for people with musculoskeletal conditions. He said the groups will "work to raise awareness of the growing burden of musculoskeletal disorders on society; to focus attention on developing countries; and to empower and to advance understanding of musculoskeletal disorders through research to improve prevention, treatment and rehabilitation." The chairman of the AAOS Bone and Joint Task Force, Stuart Weinstein, MD, said, "The U.N. endorsement is significant because it shows how important this work is, and it will help us obtain a declaration of support from the U.S. government. It also has energized a number of key partner organizations within the United States. We are very excited by this development."