Noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors

Third United Nations High-level Meeting on NCDs

Heads of State commit to lead response to beat noncommunicable diseases, promote mental health

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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

Michael R. Bloomberg and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 2018.
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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.

Time to deliver, Third UN High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases: 27 September 2018, New York
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On 27 September 2018, the United Nations General Assembly is staging the third High-level Meeting on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which will undertake a comprehensive review of the global and national progress achieved in putting measures in place that protect people from dying too young from heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes.

UN Interactive Hearing on NCDs

Meeting room
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16 JULY 2018 - 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.

New Commission urges world leaders to step up fight on chronic diseases to save 15 million lives

African woman
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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.

Synergies for beating NCDs and promoting mental health and well-being

20 March 2018 - As many people are affected by mental and neurological disorders (MNDs) – including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and dementia – as NCDs.

This is why promoting mental health and well-being is a key part of WHO’s efforts to accelerate the work being done to prevent and control NCDs as it prepares for the Third United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on NCDs in 2018.


Third UN High-level Meeting on NCDs

On 27 September 2018, the United Nations General Assembly is staging the third High-level Meeting on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which will undertake a comprehensive review of the global and national progress achieved in putting measures in place that protect people from dying too young from heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes.

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Third UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on NCDs brochure

Turning the tide on NCDs and ensuring all people can attain the highest level of health can be achieved only through committed leadership from the highest levels of national governments.

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The world's biggest killers

Previous High-level meetings

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