26 September

UHC2030 supports high-level event on UHC during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)

UHC leaves no one behind: working together towards good health and wellbeing for all

UHC2030, with collaborating partners, are organising a high-level event at UNGA 2018 in New York, USA on 26 September at 18.00-20.30.

Invitation only - this event will be live streamed through out Twitter account @UHC2030.


The UNGA High-level Meeting (HLM) on UHC in 2019 offers a powerful opportunity to foster political commitment and action, building on HLMs on AIDS, AMR, TB and NCDs. UHC must be achieved by 2030 to ensure good health and well-being for all. This means at least one billion more people will need access to essential health services every five years between 2015-2030.


The objectives of this side event are to:

  • o Build political momentum for using health investments to deliver increased equity, access and security
  • o Identify options for greater collaboration, alignment and harmonisation across health-related SDG goals and targets
  • o Initiate a discussion on how to consolidate previous efforts around the UHC movement and complete missing pieces to foster political commitment and drive action through HLM-UHC.

Co-host Member States 

  • • Government of Thailand
  • • Government of Japan 

Co-sponsor Member States 

  • • Government of Brazil
  • • Government of Germany
  • • Government of Ghana
  • • Government of Jamaica
  • • Government of Norway
  • • Government of South Africa
  • • Government of Uruguay 
  • • Government of the United Kingdom


  • • International Health Partnership for UHC 2030 (UHC2030)
  • • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • • The World Bank Group (WBG)
  • • Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi)
  • • The Global Financing Facility (GFF) 
  • • The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund)

In support of

  • • CSO Engagement Mechanism (CSEM), The World Economic Forum (WEF), UNAIDS, NCD Alliance, International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), the Rockefeller Foundation and UNICEF.



18:00-18:30: Welcome Drinks

Ceremonial Signing Session of UHC2030 (up to 15 min): UHC2030 Partners welcome new members of UHC2030 who will endorse the global compact for progress towards UHC

Introduction & Moderator: Dr. Naveen Rao, Managing Director, Health & Senior Advisor to the President, The Rockefeller Foundation

Representatives from New Members Countries/Organizations of UHC2030 
- H.E. Mr. Kubatbek Boronov, First Vice Prime Minister of Kyrgyz Republic  
- H.E: Dr. Davit Sergeenko, Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs, Georgia  
- Dr. Mariam Claeson, Director, The Global Financing Facility  
- Lisa M. Hilmi Executive Director, CORE Group  
- Mr. James Sale Health & Finance Policy Adviser, Save the Children UK  
- Ms. Juliet Onyinyechi Obi and Mr. Daniel Chang, International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation 

Interactive Session with Health-Related Initiatives and Partnerships (1) (30 min): 

18:30-19:40: Main Program

Master of Ceremony: Co-Chairs of UHC2030 Steering Committee

  • o Dr. Githinji Gitahi, Group CEO, AMREF Health Africa
  • o Prof. Ilona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Health Centre, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

 Welcome Remarks from the co-Hosts: 

    • o H.E. Mr. Katsunobu Kato, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan
    • o H.E. Mr. Virasakdi Futrakul, Deputy Foreign Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand

 Keynote Addresses:  

    • o Beyond 2019 – 2023 the turning point of SDGs: Ms. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
    • o SDG3+ Global Action Plan: H.E. Mr. Nikolai Astrup, Minister of International Development, Norway 
    • o Financing for Sustainable Development in Health: Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President, The World Bank Group
    • o UHC - Health for All 2.0: Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO

 Statements from Initiatives/Networks/Constituency:

AUC’s commitments to UHC: H.E. Ms. Amira El Fadil, African Union Commissioner of Social Affairs 

o Foreign policy and global health: H.E. Mr. Gilberto Occhi, Minister of Health, Brazil

o NCDs/Prevention and UHC: H.E. Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health, Jamaica 

o Improved collaboration and coherence in health investments: The Rt Hon Alistair Burt, Minister of State for International Development and Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the United Kingdom

o Leveraging innovation and investments for UHC: 1. Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO, Gavi; 2. Mr. Peter Sands, Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and 3. Dr. Mariam Claeson, Director of the Global Financing Facility

o Cross-programmatic advocacy for UHC:  Dr. Khuất Thị Hải Oanh, Executive Director, Centre for Supporting Community Development / Civil Society Engagement Mechanism Advisory Group


o Working with the private sector to achieve UHC – private sector constituency: Ms. Sarita Nayyar, Member of the Managing Board, Chief Operating Officer USA, World Economic Forum 



19:40-20:30: Reception

    • Youth Segment: Video and Panel Discussion by Health-related Youth Group (up to 30 min)
    • o Remarks & Moderator: Ms. Shanelle Hall, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF
    • Youth Panellists:  
      - Ms. Marian Sedlak  
      - Ms. Sanne de Wit  
      - Ms. Hiba Ghandour  
      - Mr. Mo Barry  
      - Ms. Aisha Matiko  
      - Ms. Lucy Fagan 

    • o Closing Remarks: Dr. Batool Alwahdani, Vice-President for External Affair, IFMS
    • Remarks on AA40: Dr. Alexey Tsoy, Vice Minister of Healthcare, Kazakhstan

 Interactive Session with Health-Related Initiatives and Partnerships (2)  (30 min)