UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

 23rd September 2019 

  • The resolution was tabled by the Global Health and Foreign Policy Group, which emerged from the Oslo Ministerial Declaration in 2007 on Global Health – a pressing foreign policy issues. This initiative was spearheaded by the foreign ministers of Brazil, France, Indonesia, Norway, Senegal, South Africa and Thailand and is now contributing to set the global health agenda through resolutions proposed to the UN General Assembly annually. Thailand was the chair of the group in 2017 and facilitated the drafting of the resolution which was eventually adopted unanimously by member states, sending a strong signal of the growing global movement for UHC since 2012.

  • The UNGA President subsequently appointed H.E. Ms. Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary, and H.E. Mr. Vitavas Srivihok, Permanent Representative of Thailand, to co-facilitate an open and transparent consultative process with Member States to propose modalities and outcomes of the HLM. 

  • The modalities revealed that the overall theme of the HLM will be “Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World.” In the modality resolution, Member States decided the high-level meeting will be held on 23 September 2019 and include two multi-stakeholder panels. The modality resolution also requests the President of the General Assembly to organise and preside over an interactive multi-stakeholder hearing, before the end of July 2019.

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