In agreement with the Government of the Russian Federation, WHO/Europe will host the European Meeting of National NCD Directors and Programme Managers on 8–9 June 2017 in Moscow, Russian Federation. The Meeting will gather directors and managers from the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region as well as representatives of relevant international organizations.

The aim of the Meeting is to examine the progress and status of the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in the Region. Success stories and visionary scenarios will be presented and discussed in preparation for the 3rd United Nations High-level Meeting on NCDs, scheduled to take place in 2018.

The outcome of the Meeting will form the regional contribution to a WHO global roadmap to achieving NCD targets in 2018–2030. This roadmap will be discussed at the WHO Global Conference on NCDs in October 2017 in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Based on the recent European findings, Member States will be invited to examine the delivery of commitments made at the United Nations high-level meetings in 2011 and 2014. These commitments relate to setting targets, developing multisectoral policies and plans, reducing NCD risk factors and strengthening health systems to address NCDs through people-centred care.

Background information

Through innovative and efficient policies, the Member States of the WHO European Region have made considerable progress in implementing the Action Plan for the European Strategy on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). More countries are implementing policies, strategies or action plans that integrate several NCDs and their risk factors. In addition, the implementation of integrated national policies, strategies and plans for NCD prevention and control has increased two-fold.

Despite this promising development, much unfinished business remains in order to reach WHO’s health-related goals. To streamline the efforts of WHO and its European Region Member States, the WHO European Meeting of National NCD Directors and Programme Managers in Moscow shines the spotlight on the successful initiatives and the challenges facing policy-makers, in order to meet the ambitious common goals for better health.