27 November – The WHO GCM/NCD has launched a new Community of Practice on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) and Commercial Determinants of Health (CDoH). These virtual discussions bring together experts to develop knowledge, share best practices and country case studies on the focused thematic area of NCD prevention and control.
GCM/NCD launch new online community-driven platform to address the growing global non-communicable disease (NCD) epidemic
22 November 2018 - The WHO continues to promote collaborative approaches to address noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) with the launch of a new community-driven platform for NCD information, interaction, and inspiration.
The General Meeting of the GCM/NCD took place on the 5 - 6 of November, 2018, bringing together more than 300 Participants and 90 Member States represented. The meeting concluded with a statement from the co-chairs of the meeting Switzerland and Sri Lanka which can be accessed here.
Heads of State commit to lead response to beat noncommunicable diseases, promote mental health
27 September 2018 -- Heads of state and government today committed to 13 new steps to tackle noncommunicable diseases including cancers, heart and lung diseases, stroke, and diabetes, and to promote mental health and well-being. They agreed to take responsibility themselves for their countries’ effort to prevent and treat NCDs and that these efforts should include robust laws and fiscal measures to protect people from tobacco, unhealthy foods, and other harmful products, for example by restricting alcohol advertising, banning smoking, and taxing sugary drinks.
WHO Director-General reappoints Michael R. Bloomberg as WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries
27 September 2018 - Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, has renewed the appointment of Michael R. Bloomberg as WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and Injuries, as world leaders meet at the United Nations in New York to agree steps to better address NCDs, the world’s biggest killers. During his second term as Global Ambassador, Michael R. Bloomberg will continue to support global, national, and local efforts to protect people from NCDs and injuries.
The President of the UN General Assembly, with the support of WHO, organized and presided over an interactive hearing which took place on 5 July 2017 in New York as part of the preparatory process for the third High-level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of NCDs. As not all participants were able to deliver their statements during the hearing the statements have been gathered on this web page to ensure all voices are heard.
ECOSOC 2018 Task Force resolution urges partners to mobilize resources for the work of the Task Force
Ahead of the Third United Nations High-level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has demonstrated its commitment to supporting Member States in reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by adopting a resolution that recognizes the work and achievements of the United Nations Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (UNIATF) and the need for greater resources to be made available for the prevention and control of NCDs.
Global action plan on physical activity 2018 - 2030
WHO has developed a new global action plan to help countries scale up policy actions to promote physical activity. It responds to the requests by countries for updated guidance, and a framework of effective and feasible policy actions to increase physical activity at all levels. The plan sets out four objectives and recommends 20 policy actions that are applicable to all countries and address the cultural, environmental and individual determinants of inactivity.
Despite the many proven interventions and commitments to combat NCDs, progress has been slow and uneven globally. The WHO Independent High-level Commission on NCDs was convened by the WHO Director-General in October 2017 to advise him on how countries can accelerate progress. The Commission’s report includes six key recommendations.
As part of the World Health Organization’s 71st World Health Assembly (WHA71), the Global Coordination Mechanism on noncommunicable diseases (GCM/NCD) held its third annual breakfast for GCM/NCD Participants.
Key publications on NCDs
Campaign for action
Feature stories on NCDs
From soft drink taxes to detecting people at risk, the United Arab Emirates is promoting health by beating noncommunicable diseases
Making health services a safe place for women: Uganda steps up to support women subjected to violence
Treating diabetes takes more than insulin: Senegal mobile phone project promoting public health
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