Noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors

UN Interagency Task Force on NCDs (UNIATF)

World Bank discuss project to support NCDs prevention and control in Argentina

Meeting with Parliament of Argentina
N.Banatvala
Meeting with Parliament of Argentina

Buenos Aires, 25 October 2017 -- The United Nations Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) carried out a visit to Argentina from 23 to 24 October 2017 to discuss the loan issued by the World Bank to the Government of Argentina. This loan helps finance the scale up of actions for the prevention and control of NCDs, mainly cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and associated risk factors.

Ninth meeting of the UN Task Force on the Prevention and Control of NCDs

Participants of the 9th UNIATF meeting, WHO, Geneva.
WHO/P Garwood

10 November 2017 -- WHO hosted the Ninth Meeting of the United Nations Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) on 9-10 November 2017 in Geneva. The meeting was attended by 26 UN agencies, programmes, funds and intergovernmental organizations.

ECOSOC’s latest Task Force resolution calls for more investment in NCDs

The UN Interagency Task Force on NCDs logo over an image from an ECOSOC meeting.
UN Television

7 June 2017 -- To accelerate global and national responses to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has called for greater financing to respond to the global epidemics of heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes, including providing sufficient resources for the work of the UN NCD Task Force.

NCDs cost Kyrgyzstan nearly 4% of Gross Domestic Product

Forum to launch the NCD investment case, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, September 2017.
WHO/Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, 20 September 2017 -- The United Nations Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) held a multistakeholder forum in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to present the results of the business case on investing in the prevention and control of NCDs.

"Friends of the Task Force" met at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

WHO

The work of the United Nations system to prevent and control noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and the critical links between development and reducing the burden of cancer, heart and lung diseases, and diabetes, featured during the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York on 11 July 2017.

The Russian Federation and WHO hosted a side event titled, “Friends of UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable diseases: Supporting Member States to achieve the NCD-related targets for the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Friends of the Task Force meet at UNGA

Minister of Health, Russian Federation and WHO Director-General at the round table at 71st UNGA “Friends of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs): Supporting Member States to achieve the NCD-related Sustainable Development Goals targets”
WUN

23 September 2016 -- The meeting, “Friends of UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable diseases (NCDs): Supporting Member States to achieve the NCD-related Sustainable Development Goals”, held on 22 September 2016 during the Seventy First United Nations General Assembly in New York, provided an overview of the current work of the Task Force, showcasing action at country level and outlining a number of global joint programmes that now require funding in order to become operational.

UN Interagency Task Force

The United Nations Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) on the Prevention and Control of NCDs coordinates the activities of relevant UN organizations and other inter-governmental organizations to support governments to meet high-level commitments to respond to NCD epidemics worldwide.

The commitments were made by Heads of State and Government in the 2011 Political Declaration on NCDs, and implementation is through the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020. The Task Force was established by the UN Secretary-General in June 2013 and placed under WHO’s leadership. Its terms of reference were adopted by ECOSOC in July 2014.

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Global collaboration to address NCDs in countries
 

Investing in NCD prevention and control saves lives and money

Members

Context

WHO

Joint missions support UN country teams in their efforts to help countries to build and share solutions for the prevention and control of NCDs, establish a UN thematic group (or an equivalent mechanism) on NCDs to serve as platforms for joint support to national efforts to address NCDs.

Joint Programming Missions also encourage whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches to NCDs by working with government and non-State partners. Joint Missions highlight a small number of crucial next steps that are required for countries to make progress on the multisectoral action in advance of the 2018 High-level Meeting.

Country missions and progress reports

The work of the Task Force is articulated through biennial work plans. Actions includes joint programming missions to countries and joint programmes. Reviews of the work plan are undertaken annually and are available below.

Joint programmes

UNDP/WHO Joint Programme on NCDs

The UNDP WHO Joint Programme on NCDs (Joint Programme) will support countries to develop effective national multisectoral noncommunicable diseases (NCD) responses to achieve the NCD-related targets in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other global commitments. The Joint Programme stems from the recognition that reducing the burden of NCDs cannot be achieved by the health sector alone and requires action across a number of sectors. The Joint Programme will strengthen whole-of-government and whole-of-society responses to NCDs in up to 24 countries.

UN Joint Action on Cervical Cancer

Each year, over a quarter of a million women die of cervical cancer: 90% of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Scaling-up existing effective tools for prevention and control – particularly vaccinating against the human papilloma virus and screening for and treating pre-cancerous cervical lesions – can prevent most of these deaths. In 2016, seven UN agencies established a new five-year Joint Global Programme on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control to elimination of cervical cancer as a public health concern across the world, bringing together the strengths of their work to protect and promote the health of women and girls.

Cervical Cancer – MoU and joint programming document


60th IAEA General Conference side event – September 2016

Partners roundtable hosted by the US Government – December 2016

UN Joint Action on Cancer Control

The International Atomic Energy Agency, the International Agency for Cancer Research and the World Health Organisation are joining forces for the first time to develop a joint global project to increase national capacity to prevent, control and monitor cancer. The Project, which is being developed at the moment, will build on the mandates, expertise and experience of the three agencies and will provide technical assistance to governments in about seven selected countries. It is expected that the selected countries will act as hubs to disseminate experience to neighbouring countries.

ITU-WHO Mobile Health for NCDs Initiative

WHO and the International Telecommunications Union are collaborating with a range of Members States and other partners in a ground breaking initiative, which focuses on the use of mobile technologies to improve the prevention and treatment of NCDs. This partnership aims to contribute to global and national efforts to save lives, minimize illness and disability, and reduce the social and economic burden that NCDs create. The ITU-WHO mHealth initiative is harnessing the best available mobile technology, making mHealth accessible to all countries as a powerful anti- NCD measure.

Joint letters and agreements

Guidance and other relevant publications developed or supported by the Task Force are provided in this section.

Guidance for non-health sectors on NCDs

What government ministries need to know about noncommunicable diseases

Set of policy briefs and posters which provide decision makers across government with information about how NCDs affect their sector, and the steps they can take to respond to the challenge of NCDs.

Cervical cancer

HPV, HIV and cervical cancer: leveraging synergies to save women’s lives

In July 2016, at the 21st International AIDS Conference, in Durban, South Africa, UNAIDS, WHO and the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS launched this report as part of the work of the United Nations Interagency Joint Task Force on Non-communicable Diseases.

NCDs in emergencies

The range of threats to public health faced by countries worldwide is broad and highly diverse. Emergencies can lead to an acute exacerbation or a life-threatening deterioration in the health of people with NCDs. Therefore it is important to inform all stakeholders about the importance of including NCDs in the preparedness and response.

Integrating NCDs into the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAFs)

UNDP/WHO Guidance note – March 2015


Integrating NCDs into UNDAFs – current status

The Task Force meets twice a year, usually in February and October. Meetings are only open to Members of the Task Force. Members take it in turns to host with WHO co-chairing meetings with the agency hosting the meeting. Summaries of the meetings are made available to the public.

Global events

Previous meetings of the Task Force


Contact us

Dr Nick Banatvala
Senior Advisor
Secretariat of the UN Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of NCDs
unncdtaskforce@who.int