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Table 3 Participants’ views on existing opportunities

From: Challenges and opportunities for Iranian global health diplomacy: lessons learned from action for prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases

Main themes Subthemes
Strong political will International/EMRO region
Encouragement of countries by the UN and WHO to commit to reducing NCDs and to help developing countries’ tools and policies
Creating synergies and aligning the efforts of countries through policies adopted in the international arena and providing advocacy as well as agenda-setting for those policies
Holding advocacy meetings for WHO representatives, the Speaker of the Parliament and the Chairman of the Parliament’s Medical Commission
Selection of Iranian EMRO consultants in the area of NCDs
Commitment of the President, and signing of the National Document on Prevention and Control of NCDs
Existence of an international convention that is sanctioned by the government: the ratification of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and related regulations as well as the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products
Creating smoke-free cities, starting with Qom, and using its religious capacity in health diplomacy
Privatization of the Iranian Tobacco Company
Utilizing the capacity of NGOs Using popular figures such as actors and artists in NCD-related campaigns
Allocation of 2% of tobacco taxes to NGOs through legislation
Taking initiative in creating an NCD network by an NGO
Intersectoral collaboration Collaboration of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Alignment of goals of the activities of healthcare and sports sectors with NCD prevention and control
Correspondence with the Ministry of Culture regarding banning of tobacco displays in media
Compliance with standards by the owners of certain industries to gain a competitive advantage in the global market
A well-developed health system An advanced health system; a well-developed cascade health system (strong health network)
The Secretariat for the Health and Food Security Council being located in the Ministry of Health and Medical Education
The use of a model for intersectoral collaboration and evidence-based public participation in the Health and Food Security Council
Pursuit of intersectoral collaboration for the implementation of the National Document for Prevention and Control of NCDs by the Health and Food Security Council through agreements with executive bodies and via the health secretariats located in these bodies
Secretariat of the Provincial and City Health Council
Annual approval of the list of unhealthy commodities by the Health Council and the prohibition of advertising them