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Global leaders line up behind universal health coverage (UHC) and UHC 2030, bringing hope of better health and protection for the world’s poorest people. The momentum behind UHC is fast growing, and IHP+ is playing a significant role in the process globally.
The G7 summit took place on May 26-27 2016 at Ise-Shime, Japan. Participants included the heads of state and government of Japan, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States and the presidents of the European Commission and the European Council.
Globally, there has been a call for better coordination on the closely interrelated issues of health systems strengthening, UHC and improving health security. The leaders of Germany and Japan, as outgoing and current G7 presidents, have spearheaded this. IHP+ is widely seen as an excellent choice for taking this movement forward and its signatories have decided to broaden the scope and signatories to become a UHC partnership.
The G7 Declaration includes the importance of universal health coverage (UHC). It states:
"Attaining of UHC with strong health systems and better preparedness:
Recognizing the importance of accelerating achievement of UHC with the principle of no one left behind, we reiterate our commitment to enhance our support and coordination to strengthen health systems, especially in developing countries, to make them more resilient, inclusive, affordable, sustainable, and equitable ones.
To this end, we emphasize the need for a strengthened international framework to coordinate the efforts and expertise of all relevant stakeholders and various fora / initiatives at the international level, including disease-specific efforts.
In this connection, we support the establishment of UHC 2030 that seeks to ensure the International Health Partnership (IHP+) principles and is supported by initiatives such as the Roadmap Healthy Systems, Healthy Lives."