About the conference

“Addressing noncommunicable diseases: major challenges to sustainable development in the 21st century”

25–26 November 2010, Oslo, Norway

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) pose the greatest threat to health in the WHO European Region today. These diseases – including heart diseases and stroke, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung diseases and mental health disorders – account for 86% of deaths and 77% of the disease burden in the 53 countries in the European Region.

Although Europe shoulders the heaviest burden, NCDs are a global problem. They are intimately linked to human, social and economic development, and now threaten the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.

To encourage global action, the United Nations General Assembly will convene a high-level meeting for heads of state and governments on NCD prevention and control in New York, United States of America in September 2011.

The Regional High-level Consultation – hosted by the Norwegian ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health and Care Services and co-sponsored by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and WHO – brought together government officials from across the Region in Oslo, Norway on 25–26 November 2010. The Consultation enabled all Member States in the Region to discuss and provide input to the preparations for the 2011 meeting convened by the General Assembly.