WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs

WHO Global Dialogue Meeting on the role of non-State actors in supporting Member States in their national efforts to tackle noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Balaclava, Mauritius, 19– 21 October 2016

Participants in the Global Dialogue Meeting assemble for the official photo.
Eruoyn Veerapen

On 19-21 October 2016, representatives from Member States, United Nations organizations, other intergovernmental organizations and non-state actors such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), philanthropic foundations, business associations, and academic institutions convened at a Global Dialogue Meeting in Balaclava, Mauritius to discuss a critical dimension of accelerating noncommunicable disease (NCD) prevention and control: how non-State actors can support governments in meeting their NCD-related commitments to implement the NCD Global Action Plan and the global targets on NCDs as part of realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Purpose of the Global Dialogue

Non-State actors, including nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), business associations, philanthropic foundations, and academic institutions, are critical partners in supporting the implementation of government-led efforts to address cancer, diabetes, heart disease, chronic respiratory diseases, and the associated risk factors. However, the specific roles and responsibilities of each of these actors varies, depending on the country, the topic, and the circumstances.

The Global Dialogue provided a forum to develop our understanding of multistakeholder collaboration in the areas of governance, planning, monitoring, and multisectoral mechanisms, as well as map opportunities and highlight possible solutions and best practices to support Member States as stakeholders try to reduce premature deaths and suffering from NCDs. At the same time Heads of State and Government must protect their national policies for the prevention and control of NCDs from undue influence by any form of real, perceived or potential conflicts of interest, which much be acknowledged and managed in order to harness contributions from a full range of entities, and private sector entities in particular.

The Global Dialogue Meeting was co-chaired by the governments of Mauritius and France through Dr Maryam Timol, Director Health Services, Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, Government of Mauritius and H.E. Mr Gilles Huberson, Ambassador of France. In the lead up to the meeting, Dr Timol reminded Dialogue participants that “it is not up to individuals alone to beat NCDs – it is everyone’s responsibility to prevent and treat them. It’s time not only to act, but to act together.” H.E. Mr Huberson similarly encouraged participants ahead of the meeting to “let us agree today that what we lack are not political commitments to address NCDs, but collective and multisectoral action.”

Outcomes of the Global Dialogue

Following the WHO GCM/NCD Global Dialogue in Mauritius on the role of non-State actors in supporting Member States in their national efforts to tackle noncommunicable diseases as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the governments of France and Mauritius have jointly issued a co-chairs’ statement.

This statement reflects the position of the Co-Chairs on the roles of non-State actors- namely nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), private sector, philanthropic organizations, and academic institutions –and includes specific recommendations for each group of actors as they support governments in advancing NCD prevention and control.

The statement, together with the report summarizing the Global Dialogue, which will be made available on the WHO GCM/NCD website shortly, may be useful contributions to the ongoing discussions on progress made on NCDs ahead of the third UN High-level Meeting on NCDs in 2018.

Co-Chairs statement


Co-Chairs Statement of the ‘WHO GCM/NCD Global Dialogue on the role of non-State actors in supporting Member States in their national efforts to tackle NCDs as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’

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