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UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases: working with Member States to deliver the NCD-related Sustainable Development Goal targets during and beyond COVID-19
24 Sep 2020 -  This UNGA side-event will review the current work of the Task Force and agree on the ways to provide more effective UN system support to enable countries scale up their responses to NCDs during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Objectives:

1. To continue the collective journey of the “Friends of the Task Force” towards meeting targets under the health and Non-communicable Diseases (NCD)-related Sustainable Development Goals as well as broader public health goals.

2. To highlight emerging evidence on how COVID-19 and NCDs are interacting1 – and review how the Task Force is supporting Member States respond to these challenges, in line with the 2020 ECOSOC resolution on the work of the Task Force.

3. To present new Task Force led partnerships and initiatives, in line with the 2020 ECOSOC resolution.

4. To present the United Nations Multi-Partner Trust Fund to Catalyze Country Action for NCDs and Mental Health.

5. To present the 2020 Task Force awards.

The United Nations Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of NCDs was established by the UN Secretary General in 2013 to bring the United Nations system together to tackle NCDs.

The Task Force’s support to integrated health and development responses is even more salient in the context of COVID-19. The pandemic has exposed the effects of inadequate progress in tackling NCDs and their risk factors while positioning NCD action as important for mitigating the impacts of the pandemic and building back better.