WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs): enhancing policy coherence to prevent and control NCDs

18–20 October 2017, Montevideo, Uruguay

From 18 to 20 October 2017, Uruguay will host the WHO Global Conference on NCDs in Montevideo. World leaders agree that the global burden and threat of NCDs – primarily cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases – represent one of the most pressing health challenges of our time.

In 2015, NCDs were responsible for 40 million deaths, representing 70% of all deaths worldwide. Many of these deaths were premature: over 15 million people (38% of NCD deaths and 27% of all global deaths) died between the ages of 30 and 70. Most of these 15 million premature deaths could have been prevented or delayed.

The Conference in Uruguay aims to highlight the critical links between reducing premature deaths from NCDs and enhancing policy coherence across areas that impact the governance, prevention, management and surveillance of NCDs. It supports action towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 3.4: by 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from NCDs.

It will focus on 4 key objectives:

  • providing guidance to Member States on how to reach SDG target 3.4 by 2030 by influencing public policies in sectors beyond health and enhancing policy coherence;
  • launching a set of new global initiatives to help countries accelerate progress in reducing premature mortality from NCDs and fast track efforts to attain SDG target 3.4;
  • exchanging national experiences in enhancing policy coherence to attain the 9 voluntary global NCD targets for 2025; and
  • highlighting the health sector as the key advocate for enhancing policy coherence for the attainment of SDG target 3.4.

The envisaged Conference outcome document may serve as an input into the discussions at the 71st World Health Assembly on the preparations for the 3rd United Nations High-level Meeting on NCDs in 2018. It may also inform the intergovernmental process on the High-level Meeting’s outcome document, which will take place under the auspices of the President of the United Nations General Assembly.