Noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors

Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs

Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases, 18-20 October 2017


4 November - 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 held from 18 to 20 October 2017 in Montevideo and hosted by the President of Uruguay and co-chaired with Finland and the Russian Federation.

GCM/NCD Progress Report 2014-2016

11 October - The GCM/NCD Progress Report for 2014-2016 has been published and released. The electronic version of the report has been published online and a hard copy of the report will be made available in the coming weeks. This report highlights the achievements of the GCM/NCD over the period 2014 to 2016, thanks to the efforts of Member States, United Nations agencies, non-State actors and WHO.

First webinar on Gender and Noncommunicable Diseases

A woman holds her son in an inner city community of Belize City, 2015.
WHO/s Bones

16 June, Geneva - The GCM/NCD convened the first in a three-part webinar series on Gender and NCDs, focusing on women, girls and the unique impact of gender inequalities on their experience of NCDs. The focus for this initial webinar was on individual level insights and recommendations. The next two in the three-part series will expand to include settings and integration approaches that are context-specific.

Informal GCM/NCD Participant breakfast during the 70th WHO World Health Assembly, 25 May 2017


The GCM/NCD hosted an informal breakfast for the GCM/NCD participants on Thursday May 25, from 7.00 – 9.00 am at the Restaurant of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), 19 Avenue De La Paix, Geneva.

The informal breakfast was an opportunity to engage GCM Participants and invited speakers to discuss how the Global Coordination Mechanism adds value now and in the future, share updates on GCM achievements and explore upcoming opportunities for further engagement. A summary of the informal breakfast will be available shortly.

Communities of Practice: Multisectoral NCD Action Plans


9 June 2017 - The Oxford Network on ‘Multisectoral NCD Action Plans’ hosted the second GCM/NCD Community of Practice (CoP) with a virtual discussion on 'Defining Multisectoral Action: challenges and opportunities', 7-9 June 2017. The first CoP on ‘NCDs and the Next Generation’ was launched between 14 and 15 March 2017 with a virtual discussion on ‘Getting to 2018: mobilizing young people as active change agents on NCDs for our future’.

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.


The Global Coordination Mechanism on Prevention and Control of NCDs is a WHO Member State-led coordinating and engagement platform, established in 2014 by the World Health Assembly to help counteract the growing global health threat of noncommunicable diseases.


GCM/NCD activities include working groups, multi-stakeholder dialogue meetings, communities of practice, webinars, participation in NCD-related events, knowledge dissemination, and campaigns such as the Global Communications Campaign on NCDs.


The GCM/NCD participants are comprised of all WHO Member States, the United Nations and its other specialized agencies, and Non-state Actors such as non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, philanthropic foundations and eligible private sector business associations.

Contact us

Dr Bente Mikkelsen
Secretariat of the WHO GCM/NCD
Telephone: +41 22 791 36 55