WHO European High-level Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases: Time to deliver – meeting NCD targets to achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Europe

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 9–10 April 2019

Although the European Region is a champion in addressing the noncommunicable disease (NCD) agenda globally, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 remains a challenge.

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Noncommunicable diseases and air pollution

Tackling air pollution is a key factor in reducing premature mortality. Indeed, air pollution was included as a fifth risk factor for NCDs at the United Nations High-level Meeting on NCDs in September 2018. Acknowledging this, a policy paper was prepared as a background document for the WHO European High-level Conference on NCDs in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

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Conference aims

There are 11 years left to reach the SDGs and to achieve target SDG 3.4 on NCDs, and thereby to save millions of lives.

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Key questions

  • How can we scale up implementation of the best buys to achieve SDG 3.4 and the 9 voluntary NCD targets in the Global Monitoring Framework?
  • How can we use settings like cities, workplaces and schools to tackle NCDs?
  • How can health promotion and health literacy be used to implement actions for NCDs?
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Best buys

A set of best buys and other recommended interventions for the prevention and control of NCDs

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