WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs

WHO Global Coordination Mechanism Working Groups

GCM/NCD Working Groups

Similar to the process followed in September 2014 to establish a roster of Member States’ experts for two Working Groups on engagement with the private sector and on financing, three new Working Groups are being created for 2016-2017 as part of Objective 3 of the 2016-2017 GCM/NCD work plan.

The scope of the work of three new Working Groups is as follows:

  • Working Group for the Action 3.1 “to recommend ways and means of encouraging Member States and non-State actors to promote the inclusion of the prevention and control of NCDs within responses to HIV/AIDS and programmes for sexual and reproductive health and maternal and child health, as well as other communicable disease programmes, such as those on tuberculosis , including as part of wider efforts to strengthen and orient health systems to address the prevention and control of NCDs through people-centred primary health care and universal health coverage”.
  • Working Group for Action 3.2 “to recommend ways and means of encouraging Member States and non-State actors to align international cooperation on NCDs with national plans concerning NCDs in order to strengthen aid effectiveness and the development impact of external resources in support of noncommunicable diseases”.
  • Working Group for Action 3.3 “to recommend ways and means of encouraging Member States and non-State actors to promote health education and health literacy for NCDs, with a particular focus on populations with low health awareness and/or literacy , and taking into account the cost-effective and affordable interventions for all Member States contained in Appendix 3 of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020”.

All three Working Groups will produce a report with recommendations for consideration by the Director-General.

Information Note 3 sets out the process to establish a new roster of Member States’ experts to establish three new Working Groups in 2016 and 2017 in response to the WHA-endorsed work plan for the GCM covering 2016-2017

The role of WHO GCM/NCD Working Groups

The WHO GCM/NCD Working Groups are established in order to foster results-oriented work under the five functions of the GCM/NCD and in line with the principles and six objectives of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020. The Working Groups are tasked with providing recommendations to the WHO Director-General on ways and means of encouraging countries to realize the commitments made by Heads of State and Government at the 2011 UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on NCDs.

The membership of the Working Groups is drawn from a WHO roster of experts of potential members of the Working Groups, nominated by Member States on the basis of their technical and public health expertise and experience and appointed by the WHO Director General. In the selection of the members for each Working Group, consideration is given to attaining an appropriate distribution of expertise, geographical representation, gender balance and multisectorality. In carrying out their work, Working Groups may consult as needed, including with relevant non-State actors.

Members should commit to promoting the implementation of the global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases 2013–2020 and the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, as well as to other publicly agreed principles to promote and protect health.

Members play a critical role in ensuring the reputation of the GCM/NCD as an internationally recognised coordination mechanism in the field of noncommunicable diseases. Working Groups have no executive, regulatory or normative functions, they are solely to provide advice and recommendations to the Director-General of WHO.

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