In the first days of June of this year, The Lancet magazine published an article with the report of the "High Level Independent Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases", in which international experts call heads of state, leaders and government agencies to assume its responsibility in the face of the threat posed by noncommunicable diseases and mental disorders for global health.

The Independent Commission is composed of 21 experts, including the Minister of Health of Mexico, Jose Narro Robles, was convened in 2017 by the World Health Organization (WHO) to guide the Director General of WHO and the States Members on the lines of action necessary to combat these diseases and reduce deaths, illness, disability and the economic impact associated with them.

In the article, the authors present six recommendations on issues as diverse as political leadership and responsibility, the prioritization of health needs to address, the expansion and reorientation of health systems towards universal coverage, the interaction between government levels and social sectors, the financing paradigm and adequate accountability.

Likewise, the article highlights the importance of applying intersectoral approaches in which health is the transversal axis of all policies, of all governmental and social aspects.

"Time to deliver: report of the WHO Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs" was published on June 1, 2018 in the electronic version of The Lancet magazine.

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