WHO Civil Society Working Group on NCDs

The WHO Civil Society Working Group on Noncommunicable Diseases (CSWG) is a WHO-coordinated network of civil society organizations. Together, they advocate for bold and transformative multistakeholder solutions to address NCDs and integrated health challenges in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Vital partnerships for equitable and resilient health services and systems

No actor alone can effectively respond to the global epidemic of noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, or heart and chronic respiratory disease. For WHO and its Member States, civil society organizations are a vital partner in providing quality essential health services, in integrating NCD prevention and control and mental health into universal health coverage (UHC), and in strengthening climate change-resilient and environmentally sustainable health systems.

As part of WHO’s triple billion targets and its Global Programme of Work (GPW13),WHO’s Task Team on Civil Society Engagement has explicitly called for civil society participation in policy processes and is committed to support Member States to forge meaningful partnerships.

The third Cycle of the CSWG: Advocacy, accountability, and meaningful involvement

The WHO Director-General convened a first CSWG in 2017 to support civil society participation in the preparatory process in the lead up to the third United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Meeting on NCDs in 2018.

The 2nd cycle of the CSWG on NCDs was formed in 2019, advising the Director-General on mobilizing civil society actors to follow-up on the outcomes of the 2018 UNGA on NCDs, and to explore synergies with civil society from other areas of global health in line with a comprehensive approach to universal health coverage.

The 3rd cycle of the CSWG aims to mobilize and support civil society advocacy along the milestones of the preparatory process for the fourth High-Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on NCDs (HLM4), ‘the Road to 2025’, as well as relevant follow-up activities.

The third cycle of the CSWG will:

  • support WHO in shaping further possible milestones on the ‘Road to 2025’;
  • develop strategic communications activities to support the civil society in the lead-up to HLM4;
  • provide civil society input in WHO Member States negotiations on HLM4 resolutions and outcome document;
  • mobilise a network of civil-society advocates for HLM4; and
  • develop collaborative partnerships and broker synergies across other areas of global health (e.g. TB, HIV/AIDS, RMNCAH, and others) for more integrated services across the continuum of care and UHC.