WHO Global Conference on NCDs

Enhancing policy coherence to prevent and control noncommunicable diseases

Uruguay President, WHO to stage global conference on NCDs

From 18-20 October, 2017, world leaders will meet in Montevideo, Uruguay, to promote health and national development through taking action to beat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes.

WHO, the Office of the President of Uruguay, and that country’s Ministry of Health are organizing the Global Conference on NCDs.

WHO Global Conference on NCDs: Statement by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says intensified action is needed to respond to the global epidemics of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), primarily heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes. The 18-20 October 2017 WHO Global Conference on NCDs in Uruguay will focus on ensuring government policies are geared to promoting health and preventing and treating NCDs, and to support achievement of Sustainable Development Goal target 3.4 to reduce premature deaths from NCDs by one-third by 2030.

Beating NCDs can help deliver universal health coverage

In WHO's drive to ensure good health and care for all, there is a pressing need to step up global and national action on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and the factors that put so many people at risk of illness and death from these conditions worldwide. By action, we mean coordinated action that is led by the highest levels of government and that inserts health concerns into all policy making—from trade and finance to education, environment, and urban planning. Action needs to go beyond government and must bring in civil society, academia, business, and other stakeholders to promote health.



Watch the video statement by President of Uruguay, Dr Tabaré Ramón Vázquez.

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UN agencies have joined forces in countries around the world to push for multisectoral action on NCDs.

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