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Virtual Discussion Forum as a follow-up to the recent Dialogue on how to strengthen international cooperation on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases within the framework of North–South, South–South and triangular cooperation

The virtual discussion forum will take place from 18 to 27 January 2016.

Participants are encouraged to join the virtual discussion forum by registering here

Scope and purpose

The virtual discussion forum is organized by the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs (WHO GCM/NCD) and follows on from the recent Dialogue Meeting convened by WHO GCM/NCD on how to strengthen international cooperation on the prevention and control of NCDs within the framework of North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation, which took place in Geneva from 30 November 2015 to 1 December 2015.

Both the Dialogue and the follow-up virtual discussion forum are aligned with the purpose of the WHO GCM/NCD, which is to provide an opportunity for a strategic multi-stakeholder discussion on how countries can leverage international cooperation to complement their domestic resources and fulfil their commitments to attain the nine NCD targets for 2025 and the NCD-related SDG targets for 2030. This discussion forum will provide a platform for further in-depth engagement from the experts and participants of the Dialogue meeting. The WHO GCM/NCD would like to take this valuable opportunity to engage in a full and reflective discussion in order to ensure that all Dialogue participants have had the opportunity to share their vast knowledge and experience on the issues under discussion. We have therefore decided that as a first step, before we engage in a broader discussion, we invite Dialogue participants to a short virtual discussion on key issues emerging from the Dialogue meeting, in which all participants will have further opportunity to share their knowledge, opinions and perspectives which will be represented in the final report.

The outcomes of the discussion forum will be included in the report which the Secretariat of the WHO GCM/NCD will prepare on the outcomes of the recent Dialogue. The Dialogue report, including conclusions from this virtual discussion forum, will be published on WHO’s website in February 2016 at

The WHO will disseminate the report widely, including to national NCD Directors at the forthcoming First WHO Global Meeting of National NCD Programme Managers and Directors (Geneva, 15-17 February 2016)


The discussion forum is organized in accordance with action 4.1 of the work plan for the WHO GCM/NCD covering the period 2014-2015, which calls on the WHO GCM/NCD Secretariat to establish a community of practice where participants can contribute to and take concerted action against NCDs.

Action 4.1 is also clearly aligned with the purpose of the WHO GCM/NCD, i.e. to facilitate and enhance coordination of activities, multistakeholder engagement and to advance action across sectors at the local, national, regional and global levels, in order to contribute to the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020 in accordance with the WHO GCM/NCD’s terms of reference


The discussion forum will be open to participants from Member States, United Nations agencies and other international organizations, NGOs in official relations with WHO and organizations that participated in the recent WHO GCM/NCD Dialogue. In line with the registration process for the Dialogue, all registrations for participation in the discussion forum will comply with the eligibility criteria set out in Information Note 1.


Sir George Alleyne, Director Emeritus, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), will lead the discussion forum

Dr Bente Mikkelsen, Head a.i., Secretariat of the WHO GCM/NCD

Participants will be provided with a Guidance Note, upon acceptance as a participant to the forum, summarizing the process for participation and the thematic questions that will be addressed during the virtual discussion.

For your reference, please access all background documents that were provided for the recent Dialogue.

Click here to participate in the discussion