When all 193 UN member states signed on to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in 2015, it signaled the commitment of world leaders to global peace, prosperity and progress. The 17 interlinked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) culminate with Partnership for the Goals, which recognizes that we cannot achieve the Global Goals without deliberate, coordinated collaboration.


This call for collective action continues to resonate particularly strongly in global public health. Multi-stakeholder, cross-sector partnerships have become a critical element in addressing the complex system-level challenges that lie at the heart of the SDGs, including noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).  


How can collective action transform the fight against NCDs?

To unpack the ways measurement can inform partnerships and drive collective action for NCDs, Access Accelerated, RTI International and partners City Cancer Challenge, NCD Alliance, PATH, World Bank Group and World Heart Federation will host an in-person side event in New York on September 22 in conjunction with this year’s UN General Assembly.



This special event will give health leaders an opportunity to: 

  1. Learn how measurement contributes to identifying collective action based on grounded experience
  2. Explore roles and the ways different stakeholders can help advance collaborative and coordinated NCD action
  3. Hear and discuss diverse opinions on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of partnerships


Keynote speaker Kyle Peterson, co-founder and managing director of Boldly Go Philanthropy–an advisory firm helping to maximize philanthropic efforts–will lay out the challenge of collective action and the roles that each sector plays, and reflect on how the measurement of collective efforts has evolved over time. This will be followed by a diverse panel of experts offering the perspective of local implementors in addressing these pressing questions: 

  • How does measuring collective action differ from measuring individual action? 
  • How can measuring partner activities shape opportunities for collective action?
  • To what medium- and long-term impacts can collective action on NCDs lead? 
  • Which collective goals (like SDGs or universal health coverage) can best help us articulate and measure the progress we achieve through partnered approaches?


Part of the event will be dedicated to smaller interactive roundtables where participants will be led through a stimulating discussion on one of a wide range of topics that includes overcoming barriers to measuring collective action and how M&E can help drive sustainability and scale.

To conclude the event, Dr. Juan Pablo Uribe, the World Bank’s Global Director for Health Nutrition and Population and Director of the Global Financing Facility for Women Children and Adolescents (GFF), will offer his experience and insight into the importance of collective action. 


Register today

Don’t miss this rare opportunity. Register for the event here