- ‘United Nations Interagency Task Force on NCDs (UNIATF)’ reports to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
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‘United Nations Interagency Task Force on NCDs (UNIATF)’
- The United Nations Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (UNIATF) was established by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2013.
- It coordinates the activities of relevant UN organizations and other inter-governmental organizations to support Governments to meet high-level commitments to respond to NCD epidemics worldwide.
- It aimed to provide scaled up action across the UN system to support governments, in particular in low- and middle-income countries, to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease.
- UNIATF’s scope of work was expanded in 2016 to include “NCD related SDGs” – i.e. mental health, violence and injuries, nutrition, and environmental issues that impact on NCDs.
- The UNIATF works to support countries through a biennial work plan, the key elements of which are joint programming missions and follow up technical assistance, global joint programmes, and thematic working groups.
- The World Health Organization acts as a Secretariat and lead for the Task Force.
- The Task Force reports once a year to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
- To raise the priority level of prevention and control of NCDs on the national and global agenda, enhancing international cooperation through advocacy efforts;
- To strengthen national capacities and leadership to prevent and control NCDs at the national level;
- To reduce modifiable risk factors for NCDs through the establishment of Working Thematic Groups, ensuring tobacco control is prioritized;
- To provide accurate information to strengthen health systems and ensure proper allocation of resources for joint programmes;
- To promote high-quality research and development related to NCDs; and
- To monitor the trends and determinants of NCDs and to evaluate progress in their prevention and control.