Noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors

GCM/NCD Communities of Practice on NCDs and the Next Generation virtual discussions


The GCM/NCD Community of Practice (CoP) on ‘NCDs and the Next Generation’ held its first set of virtual discussions. The first virtual discussion was held between 14 and 15 March 2017. The second virtual discussion was held between 6 and 7 April 2017 to coincide with the World Congress on Public Health. Over 100 members signed-up, spanning 35 countries and territories, and encompassing all six WHO regions. Participants included members of civil society, academics, researchers, doctors, medical students, patients and other stakeholders interested in generating collaborative discussion and action toward 2018 focused on engaging the emerging and future leaders in health.

Expanding women and adolescents health: Integrating noncommunicable diseases through a lifecourse approach

WHO/L Agersnap

21 March 2017 (New York) - The 61st Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York hosted an interactive panel discussion, “Expanding women’s and adolescents’ health: Integrating NCDs through a lifecourse approach”. The event was organized and co-sponsored by the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on NCD, Colombia, Japan, Zambia, Every Woman Every Child, UNICEF, NCD Child, Conference of NGOs in consultative relationship with the UN (CoNGO), and the Taskforce on Women and NCDs. The event was well attended with roughly 120 participants. The distinguished speakers included the First Lady of the Republic of Zambia, and the Ambassadors to the UN in New York of Colombia and Japan.

GCM/NCD pre-Dialogue caucus meeting at the International Federation of Medical Students' Association General Assembly


The International Federation of Medical Students' Association (IFMSA) hosted a pre-Dialogue caucus meeting on NCDs and youth. The meeting was held during the IFMSA General Assembly that was held in Budva, Montenegro this year. The event engaged medical students from all parts of the world to increase awareness and encourage advocacy and meaningful youth participation at all levels of society. It focused on NCDs as a global burden and the role of medical education and medical students in addressing the burden. The NCD Youth Caucus is an official pre-Dialogue meeting prior to the Global Dialogue meeting organized by the GCM/NCD in October 2017.

Dialogue meeting on policy coherence and noncommunicable diseases, 18-20 October 2017

Dr Cristina Lustemberg, Undersecretary of Public Health, Uruguay and Dr Oleg Chestnov, Assistant Director-General, WHO
WHO/Paul Garwood
Dr Cristina Lustemberg, Undersecretary of Public Health, Uruguay and Dr Oleg Chestnov, Assistant Director-General, WHO

February 2017 - A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Government of Uruguay and WHO on 10 February 2017 agreeing to convene a global dialogue meeting from 18 to 20 October 2017 in Uruguay that will also be co-chaired with another government along with the WHO Director-General. The dialogue meeting will address ‘how governments can promote policy coherence between different spheres of policy-making that have a bearing on noncommunicable diseases’ as part of the GCM/NCD work plan 2016-17. It will offer a unique opportunity to interact with today’s foremost thinkers across multiple sectors and industries, and analyse the most effective NCD programmes and approaches to intersectoral collaboration.

Seminar on noncommunicable diseases and human rights

WHO/Louise Agersnap

February 2017 - The GCM/NCD co-organized a seminar on noncommunicable diseases and human rights with the United Nations Interagency Task Force that was held on 20 February 2017 at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) before the start of the 8th meeting of the UN Interagency Task Force 21-23 February 2017.
The seminar explored how human rights are relevant to the response to NCDs and highlighted areas where action may be needed with a view to facilitating the development of more specific guidance on how human rights may be more integrated into the response to NCDs and the development of more specific guidance for UN agencies.

GCM/NCD Communities of Practice

January 2017 - The WHO GCM/NCD is launching its online Communities of Practice (CoPs) in support of implementation of the GCM/NCD Work Plans 2014-2015 and 2016-2017 and advance the achievement of the objectives in the Global Action Plan (GAP) for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, 2013-2020 and the NCD-related targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

What is the Global Coordination Mechanism?

The WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on prevention and control of NCDs (GCM/NCD) was established by the WHO Director-General on 15 September 2014. The scope and purpose of the GCM/NCD is to enhance the coordination of activities, multi-stakeholder engagement and action across sectors in order to contribute to the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020.

The WHO GCM/NCD is led by Member States and other participants include United Nations organizations and non-state actors such as non-governmental organizations, philanthropies, business associations and academic institutions.