Parallel Session 2.4

Implementing the ‘Best Buys’ and Effective Interventions at City and Local Level: Showcasing Multisectoral Action

2 February 2019

10:30 - 12:30 hrs.

Background :

Cities have a unique role to play in delivering both national and global commitments to reduce NCDs. This session will look at examples of best practice from the local level, examining how local or municipal authorities and other stakeholders have introduced programmes to promote NCD prevention at the city level. A series of three mini-panels will discuss comparative experiences from multiple cities and their applicability to other settings. The case studies will focus on experience in implementing effective interventions for the prevention and control of NCDs including those linked to the WHO Best Buys. Discussions will look at action across different sectors, transferrable lessons and mechanisms of accountability.

Objectives :

  • To highlight the role of local governments and their partners in preventing and controlling NCDs at the local level by implementing effective interventions including the WHO ‘Best Buys’
  • To showcase examples of exemplary action on the ‘Best Buys’ and other effective interventions at local level, understanding incentives for action, partnership models and mechanisms of accountability.
  • To understand barriers to implementing effective interventions and ways of overcoming them.
  • To inspire others to scale up action on NCDs at the city level.


Fiona Bull

Program Manager, NCD Prevention

World Health Organization


Jo Birckmayer

Public Health Advisor

Bloomberg Philanthropies

United States of America

Judith Mackay

Senior Advisor, Tobacco Control, Policy, Advocacy and Communication

Vital Strategies


Nicholas Banatvala

Head of the UN Interagency Task Force on NCDs

World Health Organization


Keynote Speaker

Mary Bassett


Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights

United States of America


Analice Beron

Director of Health

Government of Montevideo


Francis Anthony Garcia


Balanga City


Liz Prosser

Healthy Early Years Manager

Healthy Early Years London at Greater London Authority

United Kingdom

Vishal Rao

Member of High Powered Committee on Tobacco Control

Government of Karnataka


Witaya Chadbunchachai


WHO collaborating center for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion


Yasar Faisal Al Khitan

Business and Health Inspection Executive Director