International Advisory Council (IAC)
In order to provide strategic guidance, WHO will convene an International Advisory Council ("IAC") which will include representation from various constituencies to provide advice to the Assistant Director-General Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health on:
- the strategy for implementing NCDnet's goals and objectives;
- the elaboration of NCDnet's method of work;
- refining the needs assessment and prioritizing possible responses at global, regional and national levels;
- ways to encourage the active involvement of existing regional and global development and health initiatives in the implementation and monitoring of the Action Plan.
The IAC will meet as needed, but no more than twice a year. Membership of the IAC will be limited to 25 members from the following groups. Members should be engaged in the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, in line with the Action Plan:
- Low- and middle-income countries with a high burden of deaths from noncommunicable diseases;
- Intergovernmental Organizations and International/Regional Financial Institutions;
- the World Economic Forum, representing platforms for engagement with the private sector;
- donors and representatives of development aid agencies;
- philanthropic foundations;
- NGOs and global advocates on noncommunicable diseases;
- WHO Collaborating Centres;
- WHO Regional Offices.
WHO's selection of IAC members shall be based on:
- demonstrated commitment and ability to facilitate the implementation of the Action Plan in low- and middle-income countries;
- willingness to work in a multi-stakeholder environment;
- political outreach and organizational skills;
- experience in the field of noncommunicable diseases, public health and development;
- ability to access resources for the implementation of the NCD Action Plan.