About the conference

The WHO European Ministerial Conference on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020 addressed three main themes:

  • noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and development
  • tobacco-free Europe
  • national responses to NCDs.

The Ashgabat Declaration

At the Conference, a declaration covering these three main themes was adopted. The declaration is a concrete expression of commitment to joint action for NCD prevention and control in the European Region and an important step in the implementation of Health 2020 and the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013–2020.