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Global NCD Framework Campaign Update
Dear members of the NCD Alliance network,

At the end of last week, WHO released two important Discussion Papers and announced two deadlines for civil society submissions:
  • The 1st Discussion Paper on the 2013-2020 Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs – available here . Civil society organisations are invited to submit their views by email to before 7 September 2012.
  • The 3rd Discussion Paper on the global monitoring framework, indicators and targets – available here. Civil society organisations are invited to submit their views by email to by 19 October 2012.
This message provides a brief update on these crucial processes, explains the responses being prepared by the NCD Alliance and invites your input.

The 2013-2020 Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs
This paper reflects input from the regional WHO consultations held in the first half of the year, and its purpose is to stimulate discussions at the first informal consultation with Member States and UN Agencies to be held in Geneva on 16-17 August.

Further discussion will also take place at each of the WHO Regional Committee Meetings in September-October.  A “zero draft” of the 2013-2020 Action Plan is expected to be published on 1 October to be followed by a second informal Member State consultation on 1 November. The final draft Action Plan will be submitted to the 66th World Health Assembly in May 2013 for adoption, via the Executive Board Meeting on 21-29 January.

Global Monitoring Framework, Indicators and Targets
This paper provides the basis for the final round of consultations on the GMF and voluntary global targets, including through the WHO Regional Committee Meetings in September-October.
Agreement between Member States is expected to be reached at a formal three-day consultation at WHO in Geneva.  This is currently scheduled to be held on 29-31 October but might be moved to the following week.

This 3rd Discussion Paper details 11 potential targets including the already-adopted mortality target and a further four (tobacco, salt, physical activity and blood pressure), which are described as already having “strong support”.  The remaining six are on alcohol, obesity, fat intake, cholesterol, drug therapy, and essential medicines and technologies.

NCD Alliance response – a work in progress
The NCD Alliance is producing short advocacy sheets on our existing positions on the key elements of a global NCD framework: a global multisectoral plan; targets and indicators and a global monitoring framework; and a multisectoral global coordinating platform. These will be available in the week beginning 13 August to help inform preparations for discussions of NCDs at the WHO Regional Committee meetings.

We also want to hear your opinions on the two Discussion Papers and response to date from the NCD Alliance.  This will help inform the development of the NCD Alliance submission to the consultation processes.

We look forward to hearing from you via email to
With best wishes,
The NCD Alliance team