Sectoral Brief: Local Governments

Sectoral Brief: Local Governments
Published 22nd September 2016
Author WHO , UNDP


This sectoral brief is tailored specifically to local governments. It expands upon the following key points regarding what they need to know about NCDs:

  • Urbanization is driving noncommunicable disease (NCD) epidemics.
  • NCDs threaten the resiliency and sustainability of cities.
  • There are cost-effective initiatives at municipal and local level that can prevent NCDs while delivering wider societal benefits.
  • Prevention must be a central component of NCD responses.
  • Those responsible for urban planning have a fundamental responsibility to tackle NCDs and their socioeconomic impacts.
  • Tackling NCDs provides an opportunity for government, the private sector and civil society to work together to make life-saving, lifeenhancing differences for entire city populations.