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Advocacy at the WHO

Using its strategic location in Geneva, the World Heart Federation is able to advocate directly to key decision-makers at the World Health Organization (WHO). We have three major tools to achieve our aims:

- The WHO NCD Global Action Plan (2013-2020)

- The WHO NCD Global Monitoring Framework (2014)

- The WHO NCD Global Coordinating Mechanism (2014-onwards)

The WHO Global Action Plan

Providing a roadmap and policy options to achieve the global 25 by 25 targets

To accelerate the UN’s commitments to address NCDs in 2011, the World Health Organization created a Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020. This document, also known as the ‘GAP’, was written in collaboration with the World Heart Federation and other health stakeholders, and provides countries with a plan of action and menu of policy options to reduce their burden of CVD.  

The Global Action Plan (GAP) recognizes that governments have a primary role and responsibility to play in responding to the challenge of NCDs, but require the support of international organizations and other experts. It is structured around a WHO goal of achieving a 25% reduction in premature mortality from NCDs by the year 2025.  From this broad NCD goal, the World Heart Federation set its own ambitious global goal of reducing premature death from CVD by 25% by 2025. 

The WHO Global Monitoring Framework

Providing aframework to track progress towards the global 25 by 25 targets

To support the GAP, the WHO created the NCD Global Monitoring Framework (GMF) to track progress in preventing and controlling the four major NCDs. The GMF tracks progress on NCDs against the nine voluntary global targets highlighted in the GAP, so is a key tool to hold countries accountable to their UN commitments. The framework is also intended to provide the foundation for advocacy, raising awareness, reinforcing political commitment and promoting global action.

The WHO Global Coordinating Mechanism

Created in 2014, the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs (GCM) was established to support the implementation of the Global Action Plan (GAP) and Global Monitoring Framework (GMF) by coordinating activities, engagement and cross-sector action. Led by Member States, other participants include United Nations organizations, non-government organizations and academic institutions. 

The World Heart Federation has participated actively in the GAP, GMF and GCM since their inception, both independently and through the NCD Alliance. Read more about our work with the NCD Alliance here.