Report of the Technical Consultation ​21-22 March 2018, Geneva, Switzerland

Publication date: 
1 April 2018
Mental Health now included in the NCDs - recognising the need for  increased attention to mental health

At the High-level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in 2011 and 2014, multiple commitments were made by countries, and calls were made upon multilateral and donor agencies to support national efforts. Subsequently, WHO Member States agreed at the World Health Assembly to a 25% reduction in premature NCD mortality by 2025 (“25x25”) and then adopted a set of risk factor and health system response targets which, if achieved, would ensure achievement of the 25x25 mortality target. In 2015, the UN General Assembly committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a specific NCD target within the health Sustainable Development Goal 3, i.e. one-third reduction of premature NCD mortality by 2030 through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and wellbeing (SDG 3.4). These targets will not be met unless action is accelerated. Business as usual is insufficient and urgent. Actions are required now by all countries and all international organizations, especially UN agencies.