September 2018. A new WHO tool offers for the first time country-specific data on WHO “Best Buys” for scaling up interventions to prevent and treat NCDs in low- and lower-middle income countries. The Best Buys represent the greatest cost-benefit for tackling NCDs, and include reducing tobacco and alcohol consumption and unhealthy diets; increasing physical activity, and improving the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. The tool extricates data which informed the WHO report: Saving lives, spending less: a strategic response to noncommunicable diseases such as information on the additional per person, per year investment needed to implement the Best Buys and the return on investment for each Best Buy policy. If all countries use these interventions, the world would move significantly closer to achieving SDG target 3.4 to reduce premature death from NCDs by one-third by 2030.
New Commission urges world leaders to step up fight on chronic diseases to save 15 million lives
1 June 2018: 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.
10 October 2017 - Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced today the establishment of a new High-level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). The announcement came at the 64th Session of WHO’s Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean being held in Islamabad, 9-12 October.
WHO launches Tackling NCDs - "Best buys"
October 2017. This document provides policymakers with a list of ‘best buys’ and other recommended interventions to address noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) based on an update of Appendix 3 of the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013–2020. A list of options is presented for each of the four key risk factors for NCDs (tobacco, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity) and for four disease areas (cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease).
May 2017. On 31 May a resolution was adopted endorsing an updated list of evidence-based and cost-effective interventions for the prevention and control of NCDs. The list, featured as Appendix 3 of the WHO Global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases 2013-2020, was revised based on new evidence using WHO-CHOICE. From a total of 88 proposed interventions, the updated Appendix 3 contains 16 interventions which are considered the most cost-effective and feasible for implementation. Among them are enacting and enforcing comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising; increasing excise taxes on alcoholic beverages; reducing salt intake through the reformulation of food products; offering drug therapy and counselling to those who have had a heart attack or stroke; vaccinating girls aged 9-13 years against human papillomavirus; and screening women aged 30-49 years for cervical cancer.
This updated web-based tool will assist policy-makers and programme managers in developing, implementing and monitoring national multisectoral plans. It covers the main steps from situation assessment, stakeholder engagement, and setting national NCD targets to implementation and monitoring and evaluation, including practical templates and examples.
The 2014 UN Outcome Document on NCDs (resolution A/RES/68/271) decided that in 2018, the United Nations General Assembly will convene a comprehensive review of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of NCDs.
The scope and modalities of the third High-level Meeting on NCDs will be subject to the adoption of a modalities resolution, which Member States will negotiate in early 2018 setting out the objective of the meeting, the level of participation, and its duration.
The United Nations General Assembly will convene a high-level meeting to undertake a comprehensive review and assessment on the prevention and control of NCDs on 10 and 11 July 2014 in New York.
In September 2011, world leaders assembled at the first High-level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on NCDs and agreed on a road map of commitments on how governments will develop national NCD responses. In July 2014, Ministers assembled at the second High-level Meeting and adopted four time-bound national commitments for 2015 and 2016. They also agreed that the third High-level Meeting will take place in 2018. Both High-level Meetings also gave specific assignments to WHO and its Governing Bodies. This website provides an overview of the outcomes of the High-level Meetings, the status of those specific assignments given to WHO, and the preparatory process leading to the third High-level Meeting in 2018.
UN General Assembly reports and resolutions
- 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
- 2015 Addis Ababa Action Agenda
- 2014 Report on unhealthy foods, NCDs and the right to health
2014 Outcome Document on NCDs
- 2014 Modalities resolution for the second High-level Meeting on NCDs
- 2013 Third report on NCDs
- 2012 Resolution on global health and foreign policy
- 2012 Report on options for NCD partnership
2011 Political Declaration on NCDs
- 2011 Second report on NCDs
- 2010 Modalities resolution for the first High-level Meeting
- 2010 Resolution which decided to convene the first High-level Meeting
- 2010 First report on NCDs
ECOSOC reports and resolutions
- 2016 Resolution on the work of the UN Task Force on NCDs
- 2016 Progress report on the UN Task Force on NCDs
2015 Resolution on the work of the UN Task Force on NCDs
- 2015 Progress report of the UN Task Force on NCDs
2014 Resolution which endorsed the Terms of Reference of the UN Task Force on NCDs
- 2014 Progress report of the UN Task Force on NCDs
2013 Resolution which established the UN Task Force on NCDs
- 2013 Report on the work of the Ad Hoc Task Force on Tobacco Control
- 2009 Report on the Doha Declaration on NCDs at ECOSOC High-level Segment
- 2009 ECOSOC Ministerial Declaration which recognized NCDs
WHA reports and resolutions
- 2016 report in preparation for the third High-level Meeting on NCDs
- 2016 resolution on Appendix 3 and approach to measure the contribution from non-State actors
- 2015 report on follow-up to the second High-level Meeting on NCDs
- 2014 summary record endorsing the 9 process indicators and the terms of reference for the global coordination mechanism
- 2014 report on the preparations for the second High-level Meeting on NCDs
2013 resolution which endorsed the WHO Global NCD Action Plan and WHO Global Monitoring Framework
2008 resolution which endorsed the WHO Global Action Plan 2008-2013
Completed inter-governmental processes for assignments
- WHO Global Monitoring Framework on NCDs, including 9 targets and 25 outcome indicators
- WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020
- 9 Global Action Plan process indicators
- 10 progress indicators which WHO will use to report to the UNGA in 2017
- Terms of reference for the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs
- ToR for the UN Task Force
- Preparatory process which led to the second High-level Meeting on NCDs
- Preparatory process which led to the first High-level Meeting on NCDs
Ongoing inter-governmental processes for assignments
- Launch of the Coalition of Heads of State and Government for the prevention and control of NCDs and the promotion of mental health and well-being
- Development of an outcome document for the WHO Global Conference on NCDs
- Development of a global action plan to promote physical activity
- Development of an approach to enable non-State actors to measure their own contribution to the global NCD targets
- Updating Appendix 3
- OECD/DAC/CRS code to track ODA for NCDs
- Development of a global action plan on the public health response dementia
- Development of an implementation plan guiding further action on the recommendations included in the report of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity
- Development of voluntary global targets for road safety risk factors and service delivery mechanisms
Key publications on NCDs
Feature stories on NCDs
One year on, Global Observatory on Health R&D identifies striking gaps and inequalities
Cervical cancer prevention and control saves lives in the Republic of Korea
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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