Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

Integrating NCDs into the UNDAF design processes and implementation

Preliminary discussions with UN partners convened by WHO in December 2011 have elaborated further options for our collective action in support of the Political Declaration on NCDs. The identified actions are aligned with how we address today’s key development challenges of reducing poverty and achieving inclusive growth and gender equality.

UNDP and WHO propose that:

  • The United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) integrate, according to country context and priorities, NCDs into the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) design processes and implementation, with initial attention being paid to the countries where UNDAF roll outs are scheduled for 2012-2013.
  • The UNCTs design and implement joint NCDs programmes through UNDAFs considering the multi-sectoral nature of the response required, working with and beyond the health sector. This would in turn help to respond to the General Assembly’s request for ‘options for strengthening and facilitating multi-sectoral action for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases through effective partnerships’ (paragraph 64).
  • NCDs should, as mentioned above, be integrated into the MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF) efforts being carried out at the country level by UN Country Teams (UNCTs), including to inform and influence the global and national consultations for the post-2015 development agenda. The MAF can effectively build on existing global strategies endorsed by the governing bodies of the various organizations of the UN system.

To support this country-level work in a coordinated manner, WHO, members of the UN Development Group and the development banks will develop guidance notes and technical training materials as required, along with the provision of targeted technical support. In addition, WHO will continue its work on the development of a comprehensive global monitoring framework and targets for NCDs.

The development of a comprehensive approach to achieving improved health outcomes is best achieved by multiple sectors and constituencies. Such a comprehensive approach is essential to tackling NCDs and to advance human development.