08 October

8 October 2020 8-9.30am EDT

Ministerial Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

One Year Commemoration of the High-Level Meeting on UHC: measuring progress, challenges and opportunities in the context of COVID-19

You are invited to join a high-level event co-sponsored by the Co-chairs of the Group of Friends of Universal Health Coverage and Global Health, the World Health Organization, UHC2030 and the United Nations Foundation.

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A year ago this September, world leaders came together to endorse the Political Declaration on Universal Health Coverage (UHC).  Since that moment, the world has been faced with a global health and human security crisis unparalleled in recent history, the health and socioeconomic implications of which pose a significant threat to progress made toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As we commemorate the one-year anniversary of the HLM on UHC, it is the opportune moment to reflect on the commitments made at the High-level Meeting on UHC, taking into account the lessons learned and fault lines exposed during COVID-19. Beyond the immediate challenges and long-term consequences of COVID-19, the pandemic presents an opportunity to develop more equitable and resilient health systems, better aligned with the principles of universal health coverage, in order to limit direct mortality and avoid indirect mortality, ensuring better health and well-being for all.


  • Highlight the urgency of fulfilling the commitments made in the Political Declaration of the High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (2019)
  • Share best practices/lessons learned and how UHC has contributed to effective COVID-19 response and good health outcomes
  • Reflect on the opportunity for countries to accelerate and scale up action on health system transformation and better integrate health and financing dialogues, for health and human security. 

Speakers include: 

H.E. MR. MOTEGI TOSHIMITSU, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan

H.E. MR. DON PRAMUDWINAI, Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand

H.E. MR. DAVID ZALKALIANI, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgia

H.E. MR. AMADOU BA, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senegal

H.E. MR. JEAN-BAPTISTE LEMOYNE, Minister of State for Tourism, French Nationals Abroad & Francophonie, France

H.E. DR. DANIEL SALINAS, Minister of Health, Uruguay

H.E. MS. WENDY MORTON, Minister for European Neighbourhood and the Americas, United Kingdom

H.E. MR. ANTONIO GUTERRES, Secretary-General of the United Nations

DR. TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS, Director-General of the World Health Organization

MS. HENRIETTA FORE, Executive Director of UNICEF


DR. RICHARD HATCHETT, CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)

MS. SYLVANA Q. SINHA, CEO and Founder of Praava Health, and Member of the UHC2030 Private Sector Constituency

DR. KHUAT THI HAI OANH, Executive Director, Center for Support Community Development Initiatives and Advisory Group Member of the UHC2030 Civil Society Engagement Mechanism

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