WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs

History of the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs

Establishment of the Secretariat of the WHO GCM/NCD

The WHO Director-General decided to establish, on 15 September 2014, a separate Secretariat within the office of the WHO Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health to support the WHO GCM/NCD and UN Interagency Task Force on NCDs.

Mandate of the WHO GCM/NCD

Pursuant to paragraph 11 of resolution A/RES/68/300 and in accordance with the agreement of the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly to endorse the terms of reference for the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs, the WHO Director-General established on 15 September 2014 a separate Secretariat within the office of the WHO Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health to support the WHO GCM/NCD.

In accordance with its work plan covering the period 2014-2015, which the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly agreed to note, the Secretariat will establish, during the fourth quarter of 2014, two Working Groups to recommend ways and means of encouraging Member States and non-State actors to realize the commitments included in paragraphs 44 and 45(d), respectively, of the 2011 UN Political Declaration on NCDs. Each Working Group will meet during the first quarter of 2015 to start its work, taking into account that a final report of each Working Group will be submitted to the WHO Director-General towards the end of 2015.

Work is also under way to establish dialogues, web-based platforms, and communities of practice during the first half of 2015. Pursuant to paragraph 12 of document A67/14 Add.1, the draft work plan for the WHO GCM/NCD covering the period 2016-2017 will be submitted to the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly, through the 136th session of the Executive Board.

Scope and purpose of the WHO GCM/NCD

The scope and purpose of the WHO GCM/NCD are to facilitate and enhance coordination of activities, multistakeholder engagement and action across sectors at the local, national, regional and global levels, in order to contribute to the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020, while avoiding duplication of efforts, using resources in an efficient and results-oriented way, and safeguarding WHO and public health from any undue influence by any form of real, perceived or potential conflicts of interest.

Functions of the WHO GCM/NCD

Guided by, and in line with, the six objectives of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020, the functions of the WHO GCM/NCD will be as follows:

  • Advocating and raising awareness: Advocating for and raising awareness of the urgency of implementing the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020; mainstreaming the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases in the international development agenda; and giving due consideration to the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases in discussions on the post-2015 development agenda;
  • Disseminating knowledge and information: Disseminating knowledge and sharing information based on scientific evidence and/or best practices regarding the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020, including health promotion, prevention, control, monitoring and surveillance of NCDs;
  • Encouraging innovation and identifying barriers: Provide a forum to identify barriers and share innovative solutions and actions for the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020;
  • Advancing multisectoral action: Advance multisectoral action by identifying and promoting sustained actions across sectors that can contribute to and support the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020;
  • Advocating for the mobilization of resources: Identifying and sharing information on existing and potential sources of finance and cooperation mechanisms at the local, national, regional and global levels for the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020.