The WHA74 will take place virtually from 24 May to 1 June 2021, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This page will be regularly updated with WHA74 information and resources as we receive it.

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  • Information about the 74th World Health Assembly (WHA74) and official WHO information, schedule and resources;
  • NCD Alliance Advocacy Resources including Briefing and Joint Statements;
  • Related WHA side-events;
  • NCD Alliance social media materials.

About the 74th World Health Assembly (WHA74)

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board.

The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The WHA is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland. The WHA74 will take place virtually from 24 May to 1 June 2021, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The sessions can be watched live on 24 May - 1 June 2021 here.

For more information about WHA74:

NCD Alliance's WHA74 Advocacy Briefing Note

This briefing note provides background and key advocacy messages on the NCD Alliance’s priorities for the 74thWorld  Health  Assembly (WHA74) in 2021. This note deals with key noncommunicable disease-relevant items in the order of the provisional agenda of WHA74.


NCD Alliance Calendar of WHA74 Side events

We are regularly updating this list of side events relevant to noncommunicable diseases and WHA74.


Last updated: 19 May 2021


NCDA Pre-WHA74 Advocacy Briefing

Access is only guaranteed to NCDA members and NGO supporters.

Wednesday 12 May 2021, 15:00 - 16:30 CEST.
If you are not already a full or associate member or NGO supporter of NCDA, and would like to guarantee your participation at this event, you can apply for NCD Alliance membership here.

Social Participation Works: Engaging those left behind to drive UHC (NCDA Side Event)

Engaging communities and leaving no-one behind is central to achieving the transformative promises of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). However, governments and global health institutions have failed to meaningfully engage diverse communities in the UHC processes, and any attempts to date have been slow and inconsistent.

Co-hosted by: Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030, Communities at the Heart of UHC, Global Health Council, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, NCD Alliance, Save the Children, UNAIDS

Thursday 20 May 2021, 12:00 CEST.

Register here

Saving lives, promoting equity and supporting COVID-19 recovery (NCDA Side Event)


Public health has long been chronically underfunded and insufficiently prioritized, but the COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated a crisis that has been decades in the making: Noncommunicable diseases. Each year noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for 71% of global deaths, with 15 million deaths among people between the ages of 30 and 69. This event will seek to explore economic instruments with proven impacts on NCDs and health inequalities and discuss how these policies can serve goals to protect health, raise revenue and address inequity.

Panellists will also explore proven and innovative strategies to accelerate national, regional and global action on addressing NCD risk factors.

Co-hosted by Vital Strategies and NCD Alliance.

Friday 21 May 2021, 15:00 CEST

Lessons on alcohol policy from the coronavirus crisis: potential and challenges for building back better. 

The COVID-19 crisis has brought into sharp focus the burden alcohol harm places on health systems and societies. The pandemic has also shown that proven alcohol policy solutions work to protect people and promote health system functioning. But the alcohol industry is attempting to exploit the crisis for their benefit.
This virtual side event to the 74th World Health Assembly will take stock of the latest experiences, developments and knowledge around alcohol and COVID-19, discuss the role of alcohol policy to build back better. 

Co-hosted by Movendi International and NCD Alliance.

Thursday 27 May 2021, 13:00 CEST


Keep up with NCD Alliance at WHA74 through social media

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