The third Global NCD Alliance Forum is scheduled for 9-11 February 2020, in Sharjah, UAE. It will provide a prime opportunity to unite and mobilise NCD civil society to monitor governments’ progress and advocate for action to implement global pledges five years ahead of the next UN HLM and the 2025 date for globally agreed NCD targets.
The objectives of the Global NCD Alliance Forum 2020 are:
To build on 2018 UN HLM outcomes and strengthen the capacity of the network of national/regional NCD alliances to accelerate national and regional action to bridge the gap and meet the global targets.
To further the 2015 Sharjah Declaration by showcasing NCD civil society best practices, sharing tools and resources and strengthening the skills of national and regional advocates.
To convene the civil society network of national/regional NCD alliances to share experiences, lessons learnt and to engage with key stakeholders to ensure whole of society and whole of government approaches.
To promote the meaningful involvement of people living with NCDs and youth in the NCD movement.
To produce a bold call to action that inspires national action and campaigns for governments to Bridge the Gap from rhetoric to action and meet the global NCD targets.
Bridging the Gap
The Forum will bring together representatives from NCD civil society from across the world, building links with multilaterals, international NGOs, select government representatives and NCD experts.
It will be an interactive forum, providing a safe space for knowledge exchange, sharing good practices, and capacity building for NCD advocacy.
The Global NCD Alliance Forum 2020 will galvanise civil society around monitoring national progress and accelerating action, providing tools and offering Forum delegates the chance to acquire knowledge and specialised skills in NCD advocacy.
The third Forum will present the 2nd edition of the Sharjah Awards, recognising those alliances working on monitoring progress and advocating for action, as committed to in the Sharjah Declaration.
The Forum will produce the 2020 NCD Civil Society Atlas, linking to the Forum theme of Bridging the Gap as a global collection of case studies of NCD national and regional alliances to encourage sharing of good practices.
In addition, the Forum will launch a research paper on Bridging the Gap that can be used as an advocacy tool and attract media attention.
Forum attendance is by invitation only.
The 2018 UN HLM resulted in high-level political participation and a Political Declaration that supports civil society and people living with NCDs, but it fell short on financing and support for the WHO best buys and cost-effective interventions.
With its growing network of 60+ national and regional NCD alliances, NCDA is well positioned to lead global NCD civil society in holding governments accountable to the Political Declaration and encouraging and supporting them to go beyond it.
Civil society will lead efforts in “Bridging the Gap” – translating political commitments and rhetoric into action and implementation at local and national levels. It will focus on action enablers – financing, political leadership and translating solutions into the local and national contexts.
The expected outcomes of the Global NCD Alliance Forum 2020 are:
Call to action on Bridging the Gap that inspires national action and campaigns to move beyond rhetoric to action and meet the global NCD targets.
2nd edition of Sharjah Awards, which recognise excellence in NCD civil society action.
2020 NCD Civil Society Atlas, which collates best practices from around the world, sharing how civil society is delivering against the Sharjah Declaration and accelerating national and regional action.
Bridging the Gap research paper in support of the Forum theme and as a driver of media coverage.
Strengthened ability of national/regional NCD Alliances to follow up from the 2018 UN HLM on NCDs and monitor national/regional progress.
Increased capacity of civil society to call for accelerated action on NCDs at country and regional level to meet globally agreed targets.Increased civil society knowledge of global NCD policy landscape and existing global commitments.
Strengthened civil society networks that incorporate CSOs from related areas into the NCD civil society movement.
Increased involvement of youth and people living with NCDs in the NCD movement.
Regional NCD advocacy planning and increased regional coordination.