Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

Monitoring framework and targets for the prevention and control of NCDs

Second consultation on a comprehensive global monitoring framework, including indicators, and a set of voluntary global targets for the prevention and control of NCDs

22 March 2012 - 19 April 2012

In response to paragraphs 61 and 62 of the Political Declaration of the United Nations General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (resolution 66/2), the Secretariat has developed a second WHO Discussion Paper (available on the right-hand side), which was published on 22 March 2012, outlining a comprehensive global monitoring framework, including indicators, and a set of voluntary global targets for the prevention and control of NCDs, for consideration by Member States.

The proposed framework included in the second WHO Discussion Paper is expected to be applicable across regional and country settings, including through multisectoral approaches, to monitor trends and to assess progress made in the implementation of national strategies and plans on NCDs.

The suggested targets will be measured in 2025 against a baseline in 2010. The proposed indicators are intended to be used to assess progress and achievement towards the targets. The proposed data sources describe the origins of information for the indicators. The examples of targets have been developed by WHO following scientific review of the current situation and trends of NCDs, combined with a critical assessment of the evidence base for interventions and feasibility, based upon demonstrated country achievement.

The work under way is based on a consultative process with the full participation of Member States, building on the position on NCD surveillance as described in the WHO Global Status Report on NCDs 2010. The consultative process to date is as follows:

  • Recommendations of a WHO Technical Working Group on NCD Targets were posted on the WHO website in July 2011 for a web-based consultation. Nineteen Member States submitted comments.
  • A first WHO Discussion Paper was posted on the WHO website for a web-based consultation from 20 December 2011 to 29 February 2012. Twenty-one Member States submitted comments.
  • An informal consultation with Member States and UN Agencies on the first WHO Discussion Paper was held on 9 January 2012. The aim of the consultation was to seek further inputs from Member States.
  • An informal dialogue with relevant NGOs was held on 15 December 2011.
  • Comments received from Member States guided the development of the second WHO Discussion Paper.

Member States and UN agencies are invited to submit their comments on the second WHO Discussion Paper by sending an email to ncdmonitoring@who.int by 19 April 2012. Relevant NGOs and selected private sector are invited to submit their views to the same email address.

An informal consultation with Member States and UN Agencies on the second WHO Discussion Paper will be held from 26 to 27 April 2012. During this informal consultation, a summary of views on the second WHO Discussion Paper received during the web-based consultation from Member States, NGOs and the private sector will be provided by the Secretariat.

Informal dialogues with selected NGOs and relevant private sector on the second WHO Discussion Paper will be held on 30 April 2012 and 2 May 2012, respectively.

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Document de réflexion de l'OMS (Français)

First consultation (20 December 2011 – 29 February 2012)