Heart disease and stroke, cancers, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) cause tens of millions of deaths per year, the majority of which occur during the most productive years of life. NCDs reduce economic output and prevent people around the world of living lives of health and wellbeing.
Creating the conditions that favour sustainable development means taking action to prevent and control NCDs now.
Nine global NCD targets provide a vision for progress by 2025. The WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020
and other resources provide a roadmap of policies and interventions to realise this vision. When implemented, they will put countries on track to meet the commitments made on NCDs at the United Nations General Assembly in 2011 and 2014, and in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including target 3.4 to reduce premature NCD deaths and target 3.5 to strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug use and harmful use of alcohol.