WHO European Ministerial Conference on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020. Report of the conference

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3-4 December 2013, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

During 3–4 December 2013, 127 participants including representatives of 35 Member States (including 11 health ministers), six intergovernmental organizations, seven nongovernmental organizations and one WHO collaborating centre as well as special guests, temporary advisers, observers from the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan and WHO met to take stock of their achievements in preventing and controlling noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in the previous two years and to commit to joint action in this area in the short and long term.

The Conference comprised three main themes: NCDs and development; the vision of a tobacco-free Europe; and national responses to NCDs. Several products were launched at the Conference and contributed to discussions: a progress report on preventing and controlling NCDs in the WHO European Region; the European tobacco control status report for 2013; and a country assessment guide on health system challenges and opportunities for better NCD outcomes.

Finally, the Conference ended by adopting the Ashgabat Declaration.