WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs

WHO Global Dialogue on Partnerships for Sustainable Financing of Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) Prevention and Control

Copenhagen, Denmark 9-11 April 2018

About the Global Dialogue

In preparation for the third High-level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on NCDs in 2018 (UN HLM3), the World Health Organization and the Government of Denmark will convene a Global Dialogue to include WHO Member States, development agencies, UN system organizations, and non-State actors to explore new ways to address the critical gap in financing for national NCD responses. The Conference will be supported by the World Diabetes Foundation, World Economic Forum, NCD Alliance, IFPMA and other non-State partners.

Goals and Objectives

The Global Dialogue’s mandate derives from the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism’s work plan (2018-2019). The goal of the Global Dialogue is to share information on existing and potential sources of finance and development cooperation at the local, national, regional and global levels, and explore new opportunities for multistakeholder and multisectoral partnerships in order to catalyse action for effective national NCD responses.

The objectives of the Dialogue are to:

  • Assess the progress made since 2011 in funding national NCD responses through domestic, bilateral and multilateral channels, including traditional and voluntary innovative financing mechanisms
  • Explore new financing streams to develop and implement national NCD responses for SDG 3.4, including blended finance, public-private partnerships, pooled funding structures, and innovative financing mechanisms
  • Showcase concrete examples and best practices on how to mobilize resources and increase financing for national NCD responses through multistakeholder partnerships
  • Explore synergies between financing SDG 3.4 and broader health systems strengthening efforts for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
  • Reinvigorate and strengthen the financing for NCDs follow-up process

Modalities of the Global Dialogue

Three-day meeting, composed of plenaries (including opening and closing plenaries, as well as formal plenary meetings) and several parallel workshops.


The Global Dialogue will draw up to 300 participants and include representatives of Member States, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, UN organizations, programmes and funds, and relevant non-State actors (NGOs, academic institutions, philanthropic foundations and private sector entities). It will be by invitation only. Participant invitations will be guided by the WHO Framework for Engagement of Non-State Actors (WHA 69/10, 2016).