Follow this link to the plenaries Passcode: SIDS@233
In recognition of the high burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and mental health in SIDS countries, as well as the impact of climate change coupled with the impact of COVID-19 on health and economies in these particularly vulnerable states, WHO, PAHO and the Government of Barbados are convening ministers from SIDS countries and partner organizations at the SIDS Ministerial Conference to be held on 13–16 June 2023 in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Taking place ahead of the UN General Assembly High-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage in September 2023, this conference will also feed into preparatory processes leading to the fourth High-level meeting on NCDs in 2025 and to future global summits on mental health.
Speakers include: Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados; Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO; Dr Jarbas Barbosa, Director, PAHO; and many more.
The conference follows on from the SIDS High-level technical meeting on NCDs and mental health held in January 2023, where representatives from SIDS countries discussed the progress and challenges to meet the Sustainable Development Goal 3.4 related to NCDs and mental health, and key recommendations were provided for the subsequent development of a negotiated outcome document. It also serves as a follow up to the virtual WHO SIDS Summit for Health held in June 2021, which urged Member States to strengthen their collaboration and partnership to address development challenges, supporting the 2007 Port of Spain Declaration on NCDs and the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway adopted in 2014.
How to participate
- DAY: Tuesday, 13-16 June 2023
- LINK TO FOLLOW THE PLENARIES: https://paho-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fPh6q6aeRR-SDemWaxvZUw
- Passcode: SIDS@233
- AGENDA: SIDS ministerial conference annotated agenda
- Reaffirm political commitments for NCDs and mental health and endorse the outcome document of the SIDS Ministerial Conference on the prevention and control of NCDs and mental health.
- Raise awareness and understanding of the challenges and possible solutions to scale up multisector actions on NCDs and mental health, considering the impact of climate change in SIDS countries.
- Stimulate increased domestic action and international cooperation on NCDs and mental health in SIDS.
- Agree on country specific actions for NCDs and mental health that will operationalize commitments expressed in the outcome document and other relevant frameworks.
Welcome and keynote address will take place on Tuesday, 13 June 2023
- 2023 Bridgetown declaration on NCDs and mental health
- Dr. Barbosa’s Opening Remarks at the SIDS Ministerial Conference on NCDs and Mental Health
- SIDS Ministerial Meeting on NCDs and Mental Health - Dr. Barbosa’s closing remarks during the High-level Segment
- Noncommunicable diseases and mental health in small island developing states
- Climate change and noncommunicable diseases in small island developing states – policy brief
- SIDS ministerial conference annotated agenda
- Draft discussion paper: Economic and commercial determinants of health in SIDS. NCDs, mental health conditions, injuries and violence
- High-level technical meeting on NCDs and mental health in SIDs: summary brief
- Information and logistics circular
- Event flyer
- SIDS commitments for NCDs and Mental Health (WHO)
- Small Islands Developing NCDs Data Portal (WHO)
- On the road to 2025: The global NCD deadline
- Preparing for the UN High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage, 2023
- NCD Alliance: An NCD Civil Society Response in Support of the 2023 Bridgetown Declaration
More information on WHO´s site at