21 September

The 2023 UN High-level meeting on universal health coverage (UHC) provides countries and all stakeholders an opportunity to reinvigorate progress towards delivering health for all.

This will serve as the foundation for executing policies and ensuring responsibility for strengthening health systems for the future, building on the 2019 Political Declaration.

To be convened by the President of the General Assembly, the one-day High-level meeting on UHC will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 

The theme for the UN High-Level Meeting on UHC is: Universal Health Coverage: expanding our ambition for health and well-being in a post-COVID world

Click here to watch the event live on 21 September 2023 from 10.00 to 18.00 ET 

See below for information about a few key side events. For additional health-related events, visit the CSEM events list. You can also visit our UN High-level meeting page and our FAQs for additional news and information. 

Related Events

Walk the Talk New York

The Walk the Talk: Health for All Challenge returns on Sunday, 17 September 2023 to Central Park, New York, to provide a healthy kickstart to the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) high-level week. Registration is now open. For more information, please visit the event webpage. The event is hosted by WHO and the New York City Mayor’s Office, and supported by a wide range of partners including the NYC Health Commission and the UHC Partnership. This second edition of Walk the Talk New York will also celebrate WHO’s 75th anniversary.

  • Date: 17 September 2023
  • Time: 7:00-10:30 ET 
  • Location: Central Park, New York, NY
  • Register here

Leaving Some Behind? Addressing Challenges to Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Universal Health Coverage

Hosted by the The Alliance for Gender Equality and Universal Health Coverage, this roundtable discussion aims to drive change toward a more inclusive future with UHC. 

  • Date: 19 September 2023
  • Time: 11:30-13:00 ET
  • Location: 515 Madison Avenue, Floor 9, Meeting Room A - NY, NY 10016
  • Register here

UNGA’s gender equity agenda: a pivotal year for the health workforce

By delving into the language surrounding health workforce aspects within UHC and PPPR political declarations, this event strives to lay out actionable steps for advancing global, regional, and national gender equity in the healthcare sector. This in-person event is co-hosted by Women in Global Health, UHC2030, France and other Member States.

Too many left behind on the path to Universal Health Coverage: Launch of the 2023 Global Monitoring Report

This virtual event, which is jointly organised by the WHO Division of Data, Analytics and Delivery for Impact, the WHO Division of Universal Health Coverage/Life Course and the World Bank’s Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, will present key findings from the upcoming 2023 UHC Global Monitoring Report. Discussants will provide perspectives on the findings, the challenges in tracking UHC, and on the needed policy changes.

Towards more resilient, equitable and sustainable UHC in 2030: A toast to the implementation of the 2023 UHC Political Declaration

This 4th Annual Meeting of the Group of Friends of Universal Health Coverage and Global Health is co-hosted by Georgia, Japan and Thailand, in collaboration with WHO, the UHC Partnership, UHC2030, IFRC and UN Foundation.

  • Date: 21 September 2023
  • Time: 18:00-20:00 ET
  • Location: Delegates Dining Room, UN Headquarters, New York (in-person event)
  • By invitation only

Post-UHC HLM debrief and strategy session – civil society discussion, in person (NYC)

On the margins of the HLM on UHC, the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM) for UHC2030, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the Global Health Council (GHC) will convene civil society and community members committed to advancing UHC for a post-HLM debrief and strategy session. The session aims to leverage the presence of UHC advocates who will be in New York to not only reflect on the HLM outcomes but also discuss the way forward and how advocates will work together and with governments to ensure implementation of commitments and to hold leaders accountable. This is an in-person event only. Registration is required and space is limited. We request that each CSO organization register no more than two representatives to allow space for as many different organizations to be represented as possible.

  • Date: 22 September 2023
  • Time: 15:00-17:00 ET 
  • Location: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016
  • Register here