The WHO European High-level Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases: Time to deliver – meeting NCD targets to achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Europe took place from 9-10 April 2019 and all 53 Member States of the WHO European Region have been invited to present their experiences of reducing premature mortality from NCDs and to discuss how to implement successful interventions at the country level.


The European Region is currently on track to reach the target on NCDs (SDG 3.4) of reducing premature mortality by one third, however, more progress is needed in areas such as tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, obesity, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, hypertension and diabetes. There is also a need for new bold measures to bring the “best buys” to scale.


Urbanization has a significant impact on health and well-being, particularly in relation to NCDs and cities and local governments have a role in tackling and preventing NCDs. Below you will find links for more information about this event, including the conference background publication looking at the role of cities in preventing and managing NCDs, available in both English and Russian.


Event background – the need for action:


“Best buys” and other recommended interventions for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases:


Conference background material:

A multilevel governance approach to preventing and managing noncommunicable diseases: the role of cities and urban settings (2019) (English):