GCM/NCD Working Group on how to realize governments’ commitment to provide financing for NCDs (Working Group 5.1)
The WHO GCM/NCD Working Group on how to realize governments’ commitment to provide financing for NCDs (Working Group 5.1) held its first meeting 23-24 February 2015 to commence its work on addressing the commitment from Heads of State and Government contained in the Political Declaration the 2011 UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on NCD prevention and control to call on the provision of adequate, predictable and sustainable resource through domestic, bilateral, regional and multilateral channels, including traditional and voluntary innovative financing mechanisms.
The work of Working Group 5.1 is based on Objective 5, Action 5.1 of the 2014-2015 GCM/NCD work plan to "establish a Working Group in 2014 to recommend ways and means of encouraging Member States and non-State actors to realize the commitment included in paragraph 45(d) of the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases."
Paragraph 45(d) of UN resolution A/RES/66/2 states that Heads of State and Government and representatives of States and Governments commit to…”explore the provision of adequate, predictable and sustained resources, through domestic, bilateral, regional and multilateral channels, including traditional and voluntary innovative financing mechanisms.”
The Working Group discusses the three areas identified in the Political Declaration (i.e. domestic financing, bilateral and multilateral financing and innovative financing) and have agreed on the main elements to be addressed in its final report to the WHO Director General:
- Changing global landscape of the burden of disease and the dynamics of financing
- Member States’ commitments
- Understanding the investment case for NCDs
- How to finance the cost of NCD prevention and control?
- Effective use of existing and new resources to achieve maximum health impact from NCD prevention and control
- Actions with less financial implications
- Enabling factors
The Working Group is co-chaired by the following representatives of two Member States, one from a developed country and one from a developing country, appointed in consultation with Member States:
- Mr Colin L McIff, Health Attache, United States of America Mission to the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
- Dr Indrani Gupta, Head of Health Policy Research Unit, Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi, India