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Global NCD agenda

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The Sustainable Development Goal target 3.4 is to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by a third by 2030 relative to 2015 levels, and to promote mental health and wellbeing. Today, the world is not on track to reach this target.

The Sustainable Development Goal target 3.4 is to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by a third by 2030 relative to 2015 levels, and to promote mental health and wellbeing. Today, the world is not on track to reach this target.


The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) collaborates with and builds national capacity in institutions with public health functions in Low and Middle Income Countries, as these institutions have important roles to play in reaching the Sustainable Development Goal targets, and combating the Non-communicable Disease (NCD) epidemic.

NCDs, mainly cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease, are responsible for over 70% of all deaths globally. They are the leading cause of premature deaths (30-69 years of age), and more than 85% of these occur in Low and Middle Income Countries.

The Norwegian Government’s NCD strategy, “Better Health, Better lives – Combating Non-Communicable Diseases in the Context of the Norwegian development Policy 2020-2024”, positions Norway to be in the forefront in expanding work on NCDs through health related development cooperation. The strategy advocates an approach that helps to achieve the SDGs and supports implementation of the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCD.

The Norwegian Government’s NCD strategy, “Better health better lives”, received the 2020 UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of NCDs award.

WHO Global Action Plan for NCDs

Objective 1: to raise the priority accorded to the prevention and control of NCDs in global, regional and national agendas and internationally agreed development goals, through strengthened international cooperation and advocacy

Objective 2: to strengthen national capacity, leadership, governance, multisectoral action and partnerships to accelerate country response for the prevention and control of NCDs

Objective 3: to reduce modifiable risk factors for NCDs and underlying social determinants through creation of health-promoting environments

Objective 4: to strengthen and orient health systems to address the prevention and control of NCDs and the underlying social determinants through people-centred primary health care and universal health coverage

Objective 5: to promote and support national capacity for high-quality research and development for the prevention and control of NCDs

Objective 6: to monitor the trends and determinants of NCDs and evaluate progress in their prevention and control.