Global action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs 2013-2020
13 November 2013 -- The global burden and threat of NCDs constitutes a major public health challenge that undermines social and economic development throughout the world, and inter alia has the effect of increasing inequalities between countries and within populations. As requested by the World Health Assembly in resolution WHA64.11, the Secretariat has developed a draft "Global action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs for the period 2013–2020", building on what has already been achieved through the implementation of the 2008–2013 action plan.
In response to resolution WHA66.10, the WHO Secretariat is holding a Formal meeting of Member States to conclude the work on the terms of reference for a global coordination mechanism on the prevention and control of NCDs (Geneva, 11-12 November 2013)
In full collaboration with Member States, the WHO Secretariat plans to develop the terms of reference for the United Nations Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of NCDs, incorporating, but not limited to, the work of the United Nations Ad Hoc Interagency Task Force on Tobacco Control, and the current work by the WHO Secretariat to develop a division of tasks and responsibilities. A web-based consultation on a zero-draft terms-of-reference is envisaged to start towards the middle of October 2013.
In consultation with Member States and other relevant partners, the WHO Secretariat is developing a limited set of action plan indicators to inform reporting on progress of implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020. A web-based consultation on a zero-draft limited set of action plan indicators is being conducted from 12 August to 8 November 2013.
Countries have started making progress on the prevention, control and monitoring of noncommunicable diseases, but it is still too early to declare success.