Chronic diseases and health promotion

Part Four - Taking action: essential steps for success

Chapter Two - The private sector, civil society and international organizations

International organizations' role

International organizations, including United Nations agencies, donors and development banks have crucial roles to play. Some of their work is described in this report. Coordinated action is needed among the organizations of the United Nations system, intergovernmental bodies, nongovernmental organizations, professional associations, research institutions and private sector entities.

In particular, the World Health Organization has received several global mandates from its governing bodies to take action on chronic disease prevention and control, such as the Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, the Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Many relevant mandates have also been adopted by WHO regional governing bodies. These provide the basis for taking international action in support of regional and national efforts to prevent and control chronic diseases and their common risk factors.