Civil Society Advocacy Briefing and Workshop

NCDs at the 73rd World Health Assembly and Beyond

Advocacy for inclusion of NCDs in global, regional and national Covid-19 responses

Friday 15 May, 07:30 - 10:00 New York time / 13:30 – 16:00 Geneva time / 18:30 – 21:00 Bangkok time

Online meeting for NGOs only, registration link has been shared with NCDA members and NGO supporters

Guest speaker: Dr. Bente Mikkelsen, Director NCD Department, WHO


This year’s WHA will convene decision-makers and stakeholders online and the agenda is shortened to just one day with a focus on covid-19 response. The NCD Alliance will organise on 15 May a civil society briefing with its members to learn about the agenda of WHA73 and proposed Resolution on the covid-19 response, which includes recognition of the impacts on people living with NCDs. The Resolution will ask governments, supported by WHO, to develop national response plans to covid-19, including health systems strengthening and undisrupted provision of essential health services for people living with NCDs and mental health conditions. The multisectoral national action plans are to be developed with a whole-of-society approach. A workshop session will explore this key opportunity for PLWNCDs, communities and civil society to be meaningfully engaged in decision-making and development of response plans.


An invitation with registration link has been sent to NCDA members and NGO supporters, and can be accessed at anytime on 'My NCDA Hub'. Access to this briefing can only be guaranteed to NCDA members (full and associate) and NGO supporters - each member/supporter can register two participants per organisation.

If your organisation is not a member of NCDA yet, and you wish to participate, please contact us at [email protected]. Learn more about NCDA membership here.