SIDS High Level Technical Meeting on NCDs and Mental Health


The World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization and the Government of Barbados are co-hosting a high-level technical meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and mental health In recognition of the high burden of NCDs in Small Island Developing States and the impact of climate and COVID-19 on health and the economy. The meeting will serve as a follow-up to the virtual WHO SIDS Summit for Health to be held in July 2021 and a precursor to the Ministerial Conference on NCDs and Mental Health in SIDS to be held in June 2023.

The SIDS High-Level Technical Meeting will be webcast for virtual participants and will include heads of state and government, ministers of health from WHO SIDS member states as well as technical experts from key regional and sub-regional bodies; partner governments and agencies; civil society; Youth; Public-private partnership and education.


Build political momentum for the SIDS Ministerial Conference on NCDs and Mental Health to be held in June 2023 and promote domestic action and international cooperation on NCDs and mental health in SIDS.


  • To discuss progress, challenges and opportunities for scaling up multi-sectoral actions on NCDs and mental health to promote well-being, As part of the commitments made under the SIDS Health Summit 2021 and the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) pathway.
  • To present and discuss the WHO NCD Implementation Roadmap 2030 and its application in SIDS countries to accelerate national responses towards SDG target 3.4 on NCDs and mental health, considering priorities such as the impact of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • to share experience by SIDS countries on multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder strategies, especially on NCDs and mental health as they relate to climate change, health emergencies, the COVID-19 pandemic, obesity prevention and food systems; and to present the feasibility of adopting and implementing these experiences in other countries.
  • To discuss and identify key recommendations To be included in the outcome document to be endorsed/adopted by the subsequent SIDS Ministerial meeting for scaling up action on NCDs and mental health.

expected outcome

Report of a meeting with key recommendationsTo serve as the zero draft for the outcome document of the negotiations of the Ministerial Conference on Prevention and Control of NCDs and Mental Health SIDS in June 2023 which will again take place in Barbados.

Date: 17-18 January 2023

Time: 09:00–17:30 Atlantic Time (GMT -4)

Language: The working language of the meeting will be English, and interpretation will be provided in French and Spanish.

Constitution of a High Level Policy Expert Group to advise on NCDs and SIDS high level meetings on mental health

A High Level Policy Expert Group (HLPEG) was constituted to provide strategic expert guidance for the SIDS High Level Technical Meeting and the Ministerial Conference on NCDs and Mental Health. The group will have a special focus on disseminating inputs to the preparatory process for the Fourth United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs in 2025 based on the proceedings of the SIDS meetings.

High Level Policy Expert Group:

  • Advising WHO and the High Level Steering Committee on mental health in NCDs and SIDS and preparation of the SIDS meeting.
  • Review input and recommendations from the Program Committee and relevant subcommittees and provide independent strategic expert guidance to the Technical Meeting and Ministerial Conference.
  • Provide advice, with a special focus on how the meetings and their outcomes can guide the 4th UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs.
  • Provide strategic advice on political advocacy for NCDs and mental health in SIDS.

The High-Level Policy Expert Group is co-chaired by Sir George Alleyne, Emeritus Director of the Pan American Health Organization and Sir Colin Tukuitonga, Director-General of the Pacific Community, supported by the WHO-led Secretariat. Nominated members of the Group include eminent regional and global leaders in public health who represent the unique perspectives of SIDS member states.

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