Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

Global coordination mechanism for NCDs

In consultation with Member States, the WHO Secretariat plans to develop a global mechanism for NCDs, as outlined in paragraphs 14-15 of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020 (resolution WHA66.10)

The purpose of the proposed global mechanism is to improve coordination of activities which address functional gaps that are barriers to the prevention and control of NCDs. The global coordination mechanism is to be developed based on the following parameters:

  • The mechanism shall be convened, hosted and led by WHO and report to the WHO governing bodies.
  • The primary role and responsibility for preventing and controlling noncommunicable diseases lie with governments, while efforts and engagement of all sectors of society, international collaboration and cooperation are essential for success
  • The global mechanism will facilitate engagement among Member States, United Nations funds, programmes and agencies, and other international partners, and non-State actors, while safeguarding WHO and public health from any form of real, perceived or potential conflicts of interest.
  • The engagement with non-State Actors will follow the relevant rules currently being negotiated as part of WHO reform and to be considered, through the Executive Board, by the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly.

Resolution WHA66.10 requests the WHO Director-General to:

  • Paragraph 5.2: to develop draft terms of reference for a global coordination mechanism, as outlined in paragraphs 14–15 of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020, aimed at facilitating engagement among Member States, United Nations funds, programmes and agencies, and other international partners and non-State actors, while safeguarding WHO and public health from undue influence by any form of real, perceived or potential conflicts of interest, without pre-empting the results of ongoing WHO discussions on engagement with non-State actors.
  • Paragraph 5.3: to develop the draft terms of reference referred to in paragraph 5.2 through a formal Member States’ meeting in November 2013, preceded by consultations with:
    - Member States, including through regional committees;
    - United Nations agencies, funds and programmes and other relevant intergovernmental organizations;
    - nongovernmental organizations and private sector entities, as appropriate, and other relevant stakeholders;
    and to be submitted, through the Executive Board, to the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly for approval.

The consultative process is as follows:

  • 23 July 2013 - The WHO Secretariat published a first WHO Discussion Paper (including a “zero draft” Terms-of-Reference”) on this website for a web-based consultation until 30 October 2013. Member States, UN organizations, intergovernmental organizations, relevant NGOs and selected private sector entities are invited to share their comments in response to the first WHO Discussion Paper by sending an email before 30 October 2013 to ncdactionplan@who.int. The WHO Secretariat will publish all contributions received by email on this website. All comments submitted are subject to review by the Secretariat prior to the Secretariat posting them on the WHO web site. WHO reserves the right to summarize and/or edit any submission in consultation with the submitting party.
  • 14 August 2013 – Informal dialogue with relevant NGOs (WHO Executive Board Room) - Member States will be invited to observe the informal dialogue
  • 15 August 2013 – Informal dialogue with selected private sector entities (WHO Executive Board Room) - Member States will be invited to observe the informal dialogue
  • 2 September 2013 – 30 October 2013 –Member States may wish to discuss the first WHO Discussion Paper at the Regional Committees
  • 31 October 2013 – Taking into account the feedback received from the web-based consultation, the Regional Committees and the informal dialogues, the WHO Secretariat will publish an Updated WHO Discussion Paper for a web-based consultation until 10 November 2013.
  • 11-12 November 2013 – Formal Meeting with Member States to complete the work on a terms-of-reference
  • 20-25 January 2014 – EB134 may consider a report of the Formal Meeting
  • 19-24 May 2014 – WHA67 may consider a report of the Formal Meeting
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