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WHO GCM/NCD Digest October 2017

WHO GCM/NCD Newsletter


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 Global Conference on NCDs on how to enhance policy coherence between different spheres of policy making that have a bearing on attaining SDG target 3.4 on NCDs by 2030. The Conference was hosted by the President of Uruguay and took place from 18 to 20 October 2017 in Montevideo. Heads of State and Government and ministers from around the world committed to new and bold action to reduce suffering and death from NCDs. accelerating momentum in the fight against NCDs ahead of the UN High-level Meeting (UN HLM) on NCDs in 2018. The conference was co-chaired by Uruguay, Finland and the Russian Federation.

Governments endorsed the Montevideo Roadmap 2018-2030 on NCDs as a Sustainable Development Priority at the opening of the three-day Global Conference on NCDs, highlighting the need for coordinated and coherent action from all sectors and the whole of society, as many of the main drivers of ill health lie outside the control of health ministries, systems and professionals. Non-State actors, including civil society and industry, have important roles to play. It also points out that the bulk of NCD deaths could have been prevented by action against tobacco, air pollution, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, and harmful use of alcohol – as well as by improved disease detection and treatment. Three sessions outside of the formal agenda of the WHO Global Conference on NCDs were organized by or in collaboration with GCM/NCD participants.

A final report of the WHO Conference on NCDs will be prepared as an additional output of the Conference, highlighting conclusions, best practices, country cases, innovative solutions and recommendations collected from the diverse range of  stakeholders that participated in the many sessions. It will be made publically available on the conference web site.

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Montevideo Roadmap 2018-2030 on NCDs as a Sustainable Development Priority
Breakfast and luncheon sessions
Global Conference on NCDs page


WHO Global Coordination Mechanism for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (GCM/NCD) Progress Report for 2014-2016

The WHO Global Coordination Mechanism for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (GCM/NCD) Progress Report for 2014-2016 has been released. The electronic version of the report has been published online and a hard copy of the report will be made available in the coming weeks. This report highlights the achievements of the GCM/NCD over the period 2014 to 2016, in collaboration with Member States, United Nations agencies, nonstate actors an  colleagues across all clusters and levels of WHO, and other stakeholders who have engaged with the GCM/NCD in helping countries to achieve the nine voluntary targets of the Global Action Plan on NCDsand the NCD-related targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and reduce the burden of NCDs and their shared risk factors, including unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, tobacco use and harmful use of alcohol.

Related links:
More information
WHO GCM/NCD Progress Report

Steering group for the 2018 Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs General Meeting

The GCM/NCD Secretariat informed the Regional Coordinators of the upcoming General Meeting in relation to paragraph 12 of the Terms of the Reference. The General Meeting is intended to provide a forum to facilitate and enhance the coordination of activities, multi-stakeholder engagement and action across sectors, as well as to promote the WHO Global NCD Action Plan and assess progress made so far by the GCM/NCD. The modalities of the General Meeting were set out in Appendix 1 of A/68/11, which was noted at WHA68.

The steering committee, comprising of up to 3 Member States from each region, is proposed to be established for the General Meeting. The Regional Coordinators will consult with their members on the criteria to be used to identify and select the members of the committee, including the chairs.


Communities of Practice

Steering group for the Community of Practice for National NCD Focal Points

Following on an outcome of the WHO First Global Meeting of National NCD Programme Directors and Managers, 15-17 February 2016, the GCM/NCD  is launching a Community of Practice (CoP) for National NCD Focal Points.  Focal points from all WHO Member States will be nominated to join this CoP. They are the real experts in the challenges and solutions faced by governments to implement global NCD and NCD-related goals and targets. They will define  needs and demands for support in implementing action to curb NCDs at country level. This CoP, which will be Facilitated by Prof Shanthi Mendes, will pursue a specific agenda based on the action points agreed at the First Global Meeting of National NCD Programme Directors and Managers held in 2016.

In addition, the GCM/NCD will  convene 12 National NCD focal points, two per WHO Region, to form the Steering Group of the Community of Practice (CoP) for National NCD Focal Points.

Through this CoP,  national NCD focal points will be the recipients of knowledge produced by all other thematic CoPs, comprised of various and multiple stakeholders working in the NCD space as well as other relevant sectors. The themes for GCM/NCD CoPs in turn reflect the priority areas and barriers identified by the national focal points at country level for the implementation of global and national NCD and NCD-related goals and targets.

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Multisectoral Action on NCDs

The GCM/NCD Community of Practice on Multisectoral Action on NCDs held  a virtual discussion on ‘Implementation Research’ 2-3 November, following-up from the breakfast seminar on Implementation Research to accelerate Progress in NCD Prevention and Control in Countries, held during the WHO Global Conference on NCDs, Montevideo, Uruguay, 18-20 October 2017.

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NCDs and Health Literacy

The GCM/NCD CoP on NCDs and Health Literacy is open for discussion and contributions starting on Monday, 6 November. The objective of this CoP is to build expertise and improve the policy development process by gathering current and emerging information from all WHO regions and organising it in one place. It will also provide a forum for community members to interact on the basis of those materials from time to time as the need arises.

The first virtual discussion will be open for two weeks and will call for members to share documents that could be of use to any stakeholders as exemplars of health literacy policy and program development across all regions.

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Webinar Series: Women and NCDs

The third and final webinar in the GCM/NCDs exploration of gender and NCDs focusing on women and girls will be held on Wednesday, November 15 from 3.30-5.00pm CET.

This webinar’s topic is: Empowerment of women and girls through the integration of NCDs across the life course: what does a gender transformative approach look like?

It will explore how governments can be better prepared to deliver gender responsive approaches in NCD surveillance, management and care, the role of women and girls as key players in this journey and how integration can be supported with lessons learnt from the HIV, Maternal and Child Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health movements.

Those interested in participating must register in advance via WebEx:
Meeting number: 847 620 763

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