Global action on NCDs: From political to practical

Geneva, May 27 - Governments at the 66th World Health Assembly (WHA) have unanimously adopted an omnibus resolution on NCDs. This resolution fulfils commitments made in the 2011 UN Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of NCDs, and signals consensus on NCD action, accountability and coordination. 

The key decisions in the resolution are:

  • Endorsement of the WHO global action plan (GAP) for the prevention and control of NCDs 2013–2020;
  • Adoption of a global monitoring framework on NCDs, including nine global targets and 25 indicators;
  • Agreement to develop a global coordination mechanism for NCDs by the end of 2013

The importance of these three decisions should not be underestimated. As WHO Assistant-Director General, Dr Oleg Chestnov stated at WHA, the adoption of the global action plan moves the process from the political to the practical realm”.

All nine of the adopted global NCD targets are important for diabetes, but three are major wins for the global diabetes community:

  • “Halt the rise in diabetes and obesity”;
  • “80% availability of affordable basic technologies and essential medicines” and
  •  Ensure “50% of people at risk of heart and stroke (including people with diabetes) receive drug therapy and counselling”.

The resolution marks a milestone in the progress against diabetes and other NCDs. It provides the justification for civil society to push governments to introduce real changes to achieve the goals to which they have signed up. 

IDF looks forward to working with our member associations to hold governments accountable.