WHO Global Conference on NCDs, 18-20 October 2017

Enhancing policy coherence to prevent and control noncommunicable diseases

Conference report of the WHO Global Conference on NCDs

To help address gaps in national policies on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), the Office of the President of Uruguay and the Ministry of Health of Uruguay organized the WHO Global Conference on NCDs. .

Read the final report of the conference including the Montevideo Roadmap:

Screenshot from the NCD conference (Uruguay 2017) opening video. A woman choose the green path (good direction) when standing in front of a NCDs road cross.

Conference opening video: High-level action needed to meet the SDGs and beat NCDs

Check out the video that opened the WHO Global Conference on NCDs with a call for countries to make a choice to beat NCDs to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Uruguay President and WHO stage global conference on NCDs

From 18-20 October 2017, world leaders met 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 the country’s Ministry of Health organized the Global Conference on NCDs.

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

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 focused 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.


Programme and report

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

Conference report

Programme and meeting documents

WHO: Noncommunicable diseases - Opening Video - Global Conference in October 2017

Breakfast and luncheon sessions

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