29 Apr

This hearing in New York on 29 April is part of the preparatory process for the UN General Assembly high-level meeting on universal health coverage on 23 September 2019.

Multi-stakeholder hearing in preparation for the United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on UHC

The President of the General Assembly, with the support of the World Health Organization and UHC2030, will convene an interactive multi-stakeholder hearing on 29 April 2019 at the United Nations in New York, as part of the preparatory process for UN HLM. The hearing is part of the preparatory process for the UN General Assembly high-level meeting on universal health coverage, which will take place on 23 September 2019 in New York, with the overall theme: Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World. The World Health Organization (WHO) and UHC2030 are supporting the President of the General Assembly in the organization of the hearing. 



The hearing will take place from 10:00 to 18:00, in the General Assembly Hall at the UN Headquarters in New York. The discussion will focus on core themes around UHC, noting that UHC is a catalyst for social-economic development and a key contributor to equity, social justice and inclusive economic growth. Investing in health systems for UHC drives progress on all health-related targets as well as across several Sustainable Development Goals beyond the health sector, including Goal 1 (no poverty), Goal 2 (food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture), Goal 4 (quality education), Goal 5 (gender equality), Goal 6 (clean water and sanitation), Goal 8 (decent work and economic growth) and Goal 16 (inclusive societies). 

Please click here to access the preliminary programme.

The hearing aims to engage the active participation of “appropriate senior-level representatives of Member States, observers of the General Assembly, parliamentarians, representatives of local government, relevant United Nations entities, non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, invited civil society organizations, philanthropic foundations, academia, medical associations, the private sector and broader communities, ensuring the participation and voices of women, children, youth and indigenous leadership” as part of the preparatory process. It will provide a unique opportunity to mobilize voices from a broad range of multi-sectoral stakeholders. Participants will be encouraged to exchange views on key priorities to raise with Heads of States during the HLM, while underscoring experiences and best practices on the ground, highlighting the special challenges faced by civil society organisations, private sector and other stakeholders.

The outcome of the hearing will inform the preparation of the zero-draft political declaration on UHC that will be negotiated by Member States.

Registration for the hearing is open

Registration for the interactive multi-stakeholder hearing, which is taking place in preparation for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) high-level meeting on universal health coverage (UHC), is now open to all organizations which have received special accreditation and to organizations in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The official list of accredited organizations will be shared in the coming days. Please click here for the list of organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC. 


Please note that the high-level meeting (HLM) in September requires a separate registration process and we will provide information about this later.

Timeline of key dates:

26th March - Registration for Interactive Multi-stakeholder Hearing opens

16th April - Registration closes

29th April - Interactive Multi-stakeholder Hearing takes place

23rd September - UN High-level Meeting on UHC takes place

Find out more about the HLM on UHC here

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