Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases through partnership

Web-based consultation on options for strengthening and facilitating multisectoral action

19 March 2012 – 19 April 2012

In response to operative paragraphs 2.2 and 2.3 of resolution EB130.R7, calling on the WHO Secretariat to develop WHO’s input called for in paragraph 64 of the Political Declaration on NCDs (resolution A/RES/66/2), the WHO Secretariat has prepared two WHO Discussion Papers for a web-based consultation with Member States (available on the right-hand side), as follows:

  • WHO Discussion Paper 1: Effective approaches for strengthening multisectoral action for NCDs (including Annex I).
  • WHO Discussion Paper 2: Lessons learned from existing multisectoral partnerships that may inform the global response to NCDs.

The aim of the web-based consultation is to generate comments from Member States, as well as views of relevant NGOs and selected private sector, on a possible set of specific policy options and recommendations for Member States, international organizations (including intergovernmental organizations and international financing institutions), civil society (including NGOs, academia, philanthropic organizations), and the private sector, as appropriate, and the WHO Secretariat on options for strengthening and facilitating multisectoral action for the prevention and control of NCDs through effective partnership.

In this regard, each of these WHO Discussion Papers has been developed to present a brief background, followed by a series of issue briefs concerning potential options for strengthening and facilitating multisectoral action for the prevention and control of NCDs through effective and transparent partnerships, while safeguarding public health from any potential conflict of interest.

The issue briefs presented in the WHO Discussion Papers were selected because they were seen as critical in fostering collaborative partnerships to realize the Member States’ commitments included in the Political Declaration on NCDs. The WHO Discussion Papers close with a list of discussion questions that Member States may wish to consider.

In response to operative paragraph 2.3, the WHO Secretariat will develop and submit a report on options and a timeline for strengthening and facilitating multisectoral action for the prevention and control of NCDs through effective partnerships to the Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly (document A65/7). Taking into account the inputs received during the web-based consultation, the Secretariat will submit in May 2012 an Addendum (document A65/7 Add.1) to the Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly for consideration, summarizing the comments and views received.

Member States are invited to submit their views in response to the WHO Discussion Papers until 9 April 2012 by sending an email to ncdpartnership@who.int. Relevant NGOs and selected private sector may submit their views using the same email address. This deadline will enable the WHO Secretariat to prepare on time the corresponding Addendum 1 to the upcoming World Health Assembly.

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