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International Financing Dialogue for NCDs and Mental Health: WHO and World Bank Collaboration

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank Group are collaborating to host the International Financing Dialogue for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) and Mental Health. This pivotal meeting supports the preparatory process for the Fourth High-level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of NCDs and Mental Health in 2025.

The dialogue aims to define and build consensus among stakeholders on actionable national strategies and policy recommendations. These strategies will enable the integration of NCDs and mental health into national health financing systems. The discussion will focus on informing health financing reforms to ensure adequate, stable, and predictable financing, strategic purchasing, and enhanced financial protection.

Participants will discuss and identify approaches to integrate prioritized NCDs and mental health responses within national health and financing plans. The goal is to prevent NCDs and mental health conditions and provide high-quality, equitable services integrated into existing health systems and broader public health ecosystems.

The dialogue will inform a forward-looking agenda guiding countries towards accelerating progress and achieving the targets under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.4 by 2030. This milestone is crucial for the Fourth High-level Meeting of the UNGA on NCDs in 2025 and beyond. A draft of technical background papers and a synthesis of emerging messages were prepared for consultations with Member States, non-State actors, the UN system, WHO, and the World Bank.

The dialogue will bring together up to 150 participants, including representatives from selected Member States across different sectors (primarily health and finance), WHO, UN agencies, the World Bank, other multilateral organizations, and interested non-State actors, including civil society and people living with NCDs and mental health conditions. The International Financing Dialogue will take place in person, with livestreaming available for selected sessions. The working language of the meeting is English, with interpretation provided in all official UN languages.

Languages available for the event include Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Sign-up to express your interest and attend the livestream sessions. This event represents a critical opportunity to shape the future of NCD and mental health integration in health financing systems worldwide

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