Expanding and Intensifying Noncommunicable Disease Prevention and Control

The Regional Committee,

Recognizing that noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and their main risk factors are responsible for an estimated 30 000 deaths every day in the Western Pacific Region and constitute one of the critical challenges for development in the 21st century;

Further recognizing that NCDs are a threat to the economies of many Member States and likely to increase inequalities among countries and populations;

Acknowledging that the prevention and control of NCDs and their risk factors have a positive impact not only on health, but also on productivity and economic and social development;

Noting the progress made in the implementation of the Western Pacific Regional Action Plan for Noncommunicable Diseases, endorsed in 2008 at the fifty-ninth session of the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific;

Recalling the Seoul Declaration and Honiara Communiqué on NCD prevention and control (2011);

Reaffirming the September 2011 Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases;

Noting that the United Nations General Assembly Political Declaration recognized the leading role of the World Health Organization as the primary specialized agency for health, including its roles and functions with regard to health policy in accordance with its mandate;

Further noting that the United Nations General Assembly Political Declaration reaffirmed the World Health Organization's leadership and coordination role in promoting and monitoring global action against noncommunicable diseases in relation to the work of other relevant United Nations agencies, development banks, and other regional and international organizations in addressing noncommunicable diseases in a coordinated manner;

Reiterating the role of governments in ensuring political commitment and leadership, as well as human and financial resources for NCD prevention and control, including multisectoral national policies and plans;

Emphasizing the essential roles of development partners, civil society, professional organizations, academia, industry and the private sector in ensuring effective NCD prevention and control;

Recognizing that women's and children's health is inextricably linked with NCDs, and strategies to address NCDs need to be integrated with the global maternal, neonatal and child health agenda,

1. URGES Member States to fulfil urgently commitments made in the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases;

2. REQUESTS the Regional Director:

(1) to work with development partners to develop strategies for sufficient resources and to provide technical assistance and capacity-building in NCD prevention and control;

(2) to develop mechanisms for sustained engagement with key partners and stakeholders for regional coordination, exchange and advocacy for NCD prevention and control;

(3) to develop by 2013, in consultation with Member States and in collaboration with partners and stakeholders, a regional action plan for the period 2014–2018, that is integrated into the global monitoring framework and is consistent with voluntary global targets and indicators to be developed by WHO by the end of 2012;

(4) to report periodically to the Regional Committee on the progress achieved in prevention and control of NCDs.

Fifth meeting, 12 October 2011

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