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Second joint UNDP/WHO letter on integrating NCDs into UNDAFs

second joint letter, duly signed by the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan and the Administrator for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Helen Clark was addressed to UN Country Teams, UNDP Resident Representatives and Heads of WHO Country Offices reiterating the importance of mainstreaming non-communicable diseases (NCDs) into national UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) roll-out processes. This second letter is a follow-up to the first letter dispatched in March 2012.

This second letter encourages UN Country Teams to accelerate development of multisectoral joint programs on NCDs, support national governments in developing NCD targets, and assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of multisectoral NCD policies and plans. 

The letter presents a joint effort between the two UN agencies and is a milestone in the global fight against NCDs. The operational activities of the UN system at the national level are determined by UNDAFs and this move will encourage countries and donors to prioritise NCDs in national health and development plans and programs.

The UN Interagency Task Force on NCDs

The UN Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of NCDs is a collaborative response to coordinate the activities of the relevant United Nations funds, programmes and specialized agencies and other intergovernmental organizations, to support the realization of the commitments made by Heads of State and Government in the UN Political Declaration on NCDs, in particular through the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020.

The Task Force was established by incorporating and expanding the work of the existing United Nations Ad Hoc Interagency Task Force on Tobacco Control, and the current work by the WHO Secretariat to develop a division of tasks and responsibilities.

WHO Member States completed the work on a terms-of-reference for the UN Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of NCDs which will be included in the UN Secretary-General's report on the implementation of the resolution for the consideration of the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 2014.

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