International processes to tackle NCDs
WCRF International works to encourage and support the development of effective international policies and processes to reduce the prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
We contribute to the development and implementation of the World Health Organization's (WHO) global policy architecture for NCDs - the international processes governing the approach to NCDs.
Following the historic adoption of the United Nations Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of NCDs, the WHO were mandated to develop a global architecture for the prevention and control of NCDs, including cancer. As of 2013, this consisted of:
- A global target to reduce premature deaths from NCDs by 25 per cent by 2025.
- A Global Action Plan for the Prevention & Control of NCDs 2013-2020 that includes a set of measures to promote healthy diets, physical activity and reduce alcohol use.
- A Global Monitoring Framework with targets and indicators to measure the progress of the Global Action Plan. Targets have been set to reduce the risk factors for NCDs, including for obesity, physical inactivity, alcohol use and salt intake; along with targets to increase the availability of treatment and care, including essential medicines and technologies.
- The development of a UN Interagency Taskforce on the Prevention and Control of NCDs to coordinate the different UN NCD-related agencies and activities and other intergovernmental organisations.
- Proposals for a Global Coordination Mechanism for NCDs as a means of facilitating engagement between WHO, the UN NCD Taskforce, national governments and non-state actors.