Preparing for the Upcoming United Nations High-Level Meeting on UHC

Moving Together to Build a Healthier World

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has become the flagship theme for the global health community in 2019. Although the forthcoming UN high-level meeting on UHC will not take place until September 23, 2019, the President of the UN General Assembly, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and UHC2030, will convene an Interactive Multi-Stakeholder Hearing on the UHC High-Level Meeting on Monday, April 29 at the United Nations in New York. The goal of this hearing is to gather important and diverse perspectives on how to achieve UHC in order to ensure their inclusion in subsequent consultations and declarations. GHC will be sending staff and a patient champion to this multi-stakeholder hearing and plans to submit statements in coordination with our members. Please see below for a brief timeline of some of the events that GHC is tracking throughout the week. If you are interested in coordinating with Global Health Council (GHC) in advance of the meeting, please let us know by filling out this short survey.

  • April 28: The day prior to the multi-stakeholder hearing, members of the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM) in UHC2030 will meet to discuss their priorities and goals for the meeting. Visit the CSEM website to learn more about how to get involved in the CSEM and join that conversation.
  • April 29: The full-day multi-stakeholder hearing will involve a number of actors, including senior-level representatives of Member States, observers of the General Assembly, parliamentarians, representatives of local government, relevant United Nations entities, non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, invited civil society organizations, philanthropic foundations, academia, medical associations, the private sector, and broader communities. For these eligible entities and those organizations who applied for special accredited status, the deadline to register individual attendees is tomorrow, April 16.  The proceedings will be available via livestream.
  • April 30: The day after the multi-stakeholder hearing, UNAIDS, WHO, and UNDP will host a non-state actor consultation on the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-Being for All (GAP). The consultation provides an opportunity for face-to-face discussion focused on: the GAP Accelerator 3 on Communities and Civil Society Engagement; Accelerator 4 on the Determinants of Health; and Accelerator 2 on Primary Health Care. Although registration is now closed for this event, there are plans to livestream certain discussions. 

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