20 May - 29 May 2023

The Seventy-sixth World Health Assembly will take place from 21 to 30 May 2023 in Geneva, Switzerland. This year's theme is: WHO at 75: Saving lives, driving health for all.

Below are events of interest during and around this year's 76th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva.

UHC2030 events

Sunday, 21 May 2023 at 8:15 AM CEST

4th edition Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge – Meeting point: Place des Nations

Please come and join us to promote the importance of universal health coverage and resilient and equitable health systems with primary health care as a foundation in the pursuit of health for all.  And don’t forget to stop at our UHC2030 booth to take pictures and share them to showcase your efforts! You can also participate remotely, showing your commitment using the hashtag #UHCHLM.

Learn more here.

Register here.

Booth Layout

Route map

Monday, 22 May 2023 at 17:30 – 19:30 CEST - Restaurant Vieux-Bois, Av. de la Paix 12, Geneva

WHA side event on Institutionalising social participation for PHC, UHC and health security

Co-Hosts: NHCO Thailand, Madagascar, Tunisia, Slovenia, Norway, UHC Partnership, UHC2030 and the CSEM

This event aims to demonstrate political support for social participation among Member States and raise awareness and mobilise support for a WHA77 resolution on moving towards institutionalising social participation.

Click here for details and to register. 

Tuesday, 23 May 2023 at 18:30 – 20:30 CEST (TBC) – IFRC Headquarters (ground floor), Chemin des Crêts 17, Geneva

WHA side-event - From commitment to action: how the UN high-level meeting is key to delivering health for all

Co-hosts: Georgia, Germany, Japan, the Slovak Republic, Thailand

This side-event will provide an opportunity to convene Member States and other stakeholders to show how countries championing UHC can lead by example in securing successful outcomes at the UN high-level meeting on UHC and the other two high-level meetings by promoting coherent, integrated and action-oriented pathways in global health. It will also provide an opportunity to share the key messages from the multistakeholder hearing based on the summary report of the President of the UN General Assembly. 

To attend this in-person event, please complete the registration form here. A waiting list is in operation, and you will receive confirmation of your attendance via email ahead of the event. Please note that completion of the registration form does not guarantee attendance. 

Please note that the event will be livestreamed as well. Follow us on Twitter @UHC2030 to stay up-to-date.

Throughout the week (22-25 May), please join us at the UHC2030-CSEM Networking Space to meet, network and share with UHC Partners.

Location: the Geneva International Conference Center (CCV), Rue de Varembé 17, Geneva, Switzerland (Salle Nyon, ground floor).

  • 8:00 – 8:30: Informal exchange and networking – free coffee and snacks available
  • 9:00 – 12:00: Partners sessions (book a space here)
  • 12:15 – 12:45: Key notes
  • 13:00 – 14:30: WHA strategic roundtable - livestreaming available on screen in the meeting room
  • 15:00 – 17:00: Partner sessions (book a space here)
  • 17:30 – 18:00: Informal end of the day exchange and networking

You can see the schedule for the week and book a space which will be available for free and allotted on a first-come first-serve basis here.


Events organised by UHC2030 Partners

PMNCH’s 5th Lives in the Balance: Protecting the Promise for Women, Children and Adolescents this year will consist of three events, each with its own specific focus, while all grounded in the WHA report on Committing to implementation of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016–2030)

19 - 20 May 2023, Maison Internationale des Associations (MIA), Rue des Savoises 15, Geneva, Switzerland 

IAPO's 10th Global Patients Congress (GPC 2023)  

GPC 2023 aims to celebrate and advocate innovative meaningful patient partnerships be placed at the heart of all build back better value chains. Where better to start this than at the WHA 76 when all the world's attention is upon WHO and us? 

Further details can be found here 

Monday, 22 May 2023, 13:00 – 15:00 CEST, Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Geneva Graduate Institute, Maison de la paix, Chemin Eugene-Rigot 2, Geneva and online 

Side event on "Synergies in global health and why they matter"

Presentation and discussion of the findings of the Lancet Commission set out to address the fragmentation between UHC, health security and health promotion, and to better understand the synergies that will lead to improvements in global health. 

Organizers: The Global Health Centre and the International Geneva Global Health Platform, The Lancet, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons 

Further details can be found here 

Register here for in-person participation and here to participate online.

Monday, 22 May 2023, 18:00 – 19:30 CEST 

Side event on "SRHR: an essential component of Universal Health Coverage" 

Co-hosts: Argentina, Malawi, Sweden, the Alliance for Gender Equality and Universal Health Coverage

Location: Baobob Room at the Global Health Campus, Geneva, Switzerland

This event will highlight the importance of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in achieving Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goal commitments. Please join Member States and Civil Society at this side event to share best practices for policy and funding to ensure that SRHR and services are a recognized, protected, and essential part of health systems.

To attend in person, register here.

Monday, 22 May 2023, 18:00 – 21:00 CEST

Enabling future innovation to achieve UHC and better pandemic preparedness

Host: IFPMA

Location: InterContinental Hotel, Geneva and online

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the vital role of innovation in realizing Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and improving global pandemic preparedness. However, there are critical enablers that allow innovation to take place.

On the margins of WHA76, we aim to explore the essential components required to achieve innovation that can facilitate UHC and robust pandemic preparedness. The discussion will encompass enablers across regulatory frameworks, policy, financing, and community partnerships. By identifying these, we can work towards making progress accessible to all and contribute to a healthier and more equitable world.

During the reception, we invite you to join us for the launch of the second edition of the Africa Young Innovators for Health Award.

Further details can be found here

Monday, 22 May 2023, 18:30 – 20:00 CEST followed by a reception 

Invest In and Engage People Living With Noncommunicable Diseases: Next Steps to Realise Universal Health Coverage

Co-hosts: NCD Alliance, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

Location: Hotel InterContinental (Geneva) with virtual participation

This event on the sidelines of the 76th World Health Assembly aims to explore global progress on the inclusion of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in UHC, highlight the benefits of investing in NCDs at the national level, and emphasize the importance of involving civil society organizations and people living with NCDs in UHC governance and decision-making roles.

Register now

Tuesday, 23 May 2023 at 08:30 – 10:30, Campus Biotech (Room H8-01-D), Geneva, Switzerland 

Side event on "An investment in digital health is an investment in UHC: Prioritising action to support digital health transformation" 

Organizers: Transform Health, DCCC, gdhub, PATH, UHC2030, Young Experts Tech for health, Campus Biotech, OECD     

The event will look at prioritising #digitalhealthinvestment to accelerate #UHC progress ahead of the UN High-Level Meeting on UHC.  

Register here

Tuesday, 23 May 2023, 18:00 – 19:30 CEST followed by a reception

Unpacking the expansion of NCD ‘best buys’ and their investment case: What does it mean for national NCD prevention and control?

Co-hosts: NCD Alliance, Vital Strategies 

Location: La Pastorale (Geneva) with virtual participation

This event will convene governments and global thought leaders to discuss what the expansion of the NCD ‘best buys’ and their investment case means for national NCD prevention and control, and why it is important that this menu of policy options is regularly updated, together with the provision of guidance on how to best prioritise these measures.

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Wednesday, 24 May 2023, 9:00 - 10:00 CET

Civil Society High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Dialogue at the World Health Assembly (WHA)

Co-Sponsors: CSEM and Global Health Council

This event aims to bring together civil society partners to share information and coordinate national, regional and global advocacy in the lead up to the UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Register here (maximum capacity of 25 persons, with tickets allocated on a first-come, first served basis).  A wait list is in operation.

Wednesday, 24 May 2023. 18:00 – 19:30 CEST 

WGH side-event on "Gender equity in the health workforce for health systems strengthening’’ 

The event will discuss critical health workforce issues that must be addressed if the world is to achieve UHC by 2030 and be better prepared for future pandemics. 

Organizers: Government of France, Women in Global Health 

Register here 

Thursday, 25 May 2023 at 08:00 – 09:30 am – Geneva Press Club, Chem. de l'Impératrice 18, Pregny-Chambésy

Side event on "Leaving no one behind: the role of civil society in health financing"

Organiser: Save the Children, WEMOS, JLA on health financing and UHC, WACI Health, Impact Santé 

Civil society has a key role to play in ensuring health financing policies, arrangements and public budgets address the needs of the most vulnerable through advocacy and accountability. Health financing advocacy should be strengthened to promote better collaboration between governments, civil society and communities.  

This event aims to explore the role of civil society in health financing, especially in the context of this year High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage.  

Register here  

Thursday, 25 May at 17:30 – 19:30 CEST – Restaurant Vieux Boix

Global Health Council's WHA76 Networking Event  

Host: Global Health Council

Join the Global Health Council (GHC) for an evening of networking and fun.

Register here to attend. In-person event only.

Friday, 26 May 2023 at 17:30 – 19:30 CEST – Intercontinental Hotel, 7, Chem. du Petit-Saconnex 9, Geneva   

Side-event on "The role of health policy and systems research in UHC and donor transitions’’   

Hosts: Alliance HSPR, UHC2030   

This event on the sidelines of the 76th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, will focus attention on the role of HPSR in moving countries closer towards UHC. It will also be an opportunity to reflect on findings of a research programme supported by the Alliance in partnership with UHC2030 and the WHO Department of Health Governance and Financing that has been informing how countries and development partners can better manage donor transitions towards sustaining coverage of critical health interventions previously supported by donors in the absence of donor funding. 

Further details can be found here 

Register here