WHO Global Coordinating Mechanism for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases

Heads of State and Government have recently reaffirmed their commitment to provide
strategic leadership for the prevention and control of NCDs, promoting greater
coherence and coordination across government and health in all policies
approaches. This includes the engagement of multiple stakeholders in an appropriate, coordinated and
a bold, comprehensive and integrated action and response from “the whole of society”.

A new work plan to involve actors from all government sectors and stakeholders

The World Health Organization’s Global Coordination Mechanism on Prevention and
Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (WHO GCM/NCD) is a Member State-led platform
facilitate multi-stakeholder engagement and cross-sectoral collaboration to prevent and
controlling non-communicable diseases and mental health problems. Founded in 2014, the WHO GCM/NCD’s
mandate was extended last year until 2030.

On 25 May 2022, the Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly approved the
The new GCM/NCD work plan, developing a united and inclusive approach to reduce the
burden of NCDs and mental health problems at local, national and global scales. Through his
priority areas, the work plan emphasizes the sharing of knowledge and best practices
stakeholders, sparking new multi-sectoral collaboration and creating meaningful engagement
with people living with non-communicable diseases and mental health issues.

“To achieve our vision of a world free of premature mortality from NCDs, Member States
strengthened the mandate of the WHO GCM/NCD to bring together and connect
partners, raise the voice of people living with NCDs and leverage technical expertise
of WHO and partner organizations,” says Dr Guy Fones, Head of Unit of the Secretariat of
the global coordination mechanism.

Sharing knowledge and best practices for multi-stakeholder and multi-sector NCD

Exchange knowledge, evidence, research, best practices, tools and
guidance is essential to inform effective multi-stakeholder and multi-sector responses to NCDs
and build capacity at country level. This is a central element of the new work plan.
Since 2018, the WHO GCM/NCD has hosted the Knowledge Action Portal, a
online knowledge repository and community platform.

With a growing repository of knowledge resources, evidence-based solutions, success stories
and best practices in NCD prevention and control, the Knowledge Action portal facilitates a
interactive exchange between stakeholders and government sectors. The platform is also the home
to several technical and cross-functional communities of practice, and hosts the NCD Lab, a
crowdsourcing and innovation in NCD policies and programs at the local level.

In line with the new work plan, the Knowledge Action portal is under development.
further and will receive a new look and improved functionality to share knowledge and
connect partners.

Engage and document multisectoral action and stakeholder collaboration

Strengthen multi-stakeholder collaboration at country level and support the scaling up of
innovative approaches across government sectors, the WHO GCM/NCD first takes stock
multisectoral initiatives and approaches around the world. Thanks to a recent call for
Submissions, Member States and other national and sub-national governments are invited to
share their experiences of collaboration across government sectors to improve NCDs
prevention and control. The most innovative and promising experiences submitted will be
then be mapped and selected case studies commissioned to showcase successful approaches
in implementing multisectoral action for increased knowledge and capacity collaboration

The WHO GCM/NCD also continues to provide guidance on engagement with non-state actors,
including private sector entities and non-governmental organizations. This includes the
development of a new tool to support Member States’ decision-making on engagement
sector entities for NCD prevention and control and co-chairs WHO Civil Society
NCD Working Group with representation from key global non-state NCD actors.

Engage and co-design with people living with non-communicable diseases and mental health issues

Overcoming NCDs and mental health issues is highly dependent on people living with them
health conditions having a say in the design and implementation of policies and
programs. Recognizing this keystone of an effective NCD response, the WHO GCM/NCD
is currently co-developing a new WHO framework for meaningful engagement of
people living with non-communicable diseases and mental health problems. The development process includes the development
focus group discussions and large regional consultations bringing together people who have lived
experience, patient advocates, practitioners and policy makers.

Scheduled to be finalized by the end of 2022, the framework will be supported by a bespoke policy
briefing notes and advocacy materials, and the WHO GCM/NCD plans to support the framework
implementation in Member States through tailor-made capacity building.

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