WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), which is being held in Montevideo, Uruguay, from 18-20 October 2017.The Conference is being organized by WHO and the Presidency of Uruguay.
What is the Conference about?
NCDs – primarily cardiovascular and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes – kill more people than any other cause, equivalent to 70% of all deaths globally, including 15 million people prematurely aged between 30-70 (nearly half of which occur in low- and lower-income countries). But many premature NCD deaths can be avoided when action is taken to reduce the main risks causing them (tobacco, unhealthy diets, harmful use of alcohol and physical inactivity) and promote effective treatment, including through universal health coverage.
The WHO Global Conference on NCDs will focus on how governments, supported by UN agencies, civil society, the private sector, philanthropies, academia and donors, can implement WHO-endorsed low cost “best buy” solutions that reduce premature NCD deaths on a dramatic scale so tens of millions of lives can be saved. These solutions range from marketing bans and taxation to reduce exposure to tobacco and unhealthy foods and drinks, to providing access to essential health services to all people to protect them from these conditions.
The event will examine how coherent policy action, taken across all sectors of government, can curb the enormous amounts of avoidable suffering and financial loss caused by NCDs, and meet the Agenda for Sustainable Development target to reduce premature death from these conditions by one third by 2030, and promote mental health.
Who is attending and what will be the result?
Attendees will include multiple heads of state and government, ministers from health and non-health sectors, international organizations and other global stakeholders.
The event is expected to adopt a roadmap on global action to beat NCDs, which will contribute to next year’s UN General Assembly High-level meeting on NCDs and the 2030 Agenda. The Conference will comprise a series of exciting plenary and panel discussions, and numerous new initiatives to prevent and control NCDs will be launched.