WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs

WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases

18-20 October 2017


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.