The links between healthy populations, productive workforces and economic growth is well established. Worldwide, $47 trillion of cumulative output loss can be expected in the next two decades due to chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and mental health disorders. Already 36 million deaths annually or more than 60% of global deaths are due to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. However, 80% of cardiovascular problems and 40% of cancers can be prevented by tackling key risk factors.
Effective prevention of NCDs will require exceptional levels of collaboration among stakeholders and across sectors (health, finance, education, media, sports, agriculture, urban planning, public transportation, recreational industry, etc). Alignment of objectives and coordination of efforts across stakeholders is necessary to deliver high impact solutions to enable healthy lives and for the prevention and control of NCDs.
The Healthy Living Initiative aims to bring together governments, private sector and civil society to have a positive and measurable impact on healthy living and NCDs by catalysing multistakeholder collaborations to support healthy, active lives for individuals, communities and societies.
A key element of the Initiative is the Charter for Healthy Living. As part of the Charter’s development, the Forum engaged over 150 leaders of government, business, civil society, international organizations and academia in multistakeholder consultations held in Mexico, the United States, Switzerland, Thailand and India. 30 one-on-one executive-level interviews were conducted with cross-sector global leaders.
This Charter highlights the widespread conviction that multistakeholder efforts are the key to transforming the current health landscape, in which non-communicable diseases are a main source of mortality, morbidity and lost economic output.
The Charter outlines specific focus areas for multistakeholder action, provides principles for a shared mindset for collaborative actions, calls for stakeholders to build on their core roles and competencies to advance the healthy living agenda and stresses the importance of continuously monitoring and evaluating the actions implemented.
The Charter is supported by step-by-step guidelines, hands-on templates and case studies presented in the Toolkit for Multistakeholder Action.