The UN High-Level Meeting on UHC 2023

About the UN High-Level Meeting on UHC 2023

In September 2019, at the first United Nations High-Level Meeting (UN HLM) on “Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World,” world leaders endorsed the most ambitious and comprehensive political declaration on health in history. However, according to the latest global monitoring report on universal health coverage (UHC), UHC progress is not on track, and the COVID-19 pandemic seems to bring the world further away from the 2023 targets set by the political declaration:

  • Progressively covering 1 billion additional people, with a view of covering all people by 2030
  • Stop the rise and reverse the trend of catastrophic out-of-pocket health expenditure and eliminate impoverishment due to health-related expenses by 2030.

UHC2030’s latest state of UHC commitment review also finds out that many countries have made a wide range of commitments, set national targets, recognized the importance of UHC and prioritized equity in their UHC commitments. However, gaps persist between policy, implementation and results.

Making progress towards achieving UHC has never been more urgent. In response to important lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clear that strengthening health systems, with a focus on primary health care, provides the foundations for both UHC and health security. We need a meaningful political tool to bring UHC progress back on track on the road towards 2030.

The UN General Assembly decided to organize the second UN HLM on UHC in New York in September 2023. The interactive multi-stakeholder hearing will be scheduled before the end of June 2023. UHC2030 will contribute to the overall outcomes of this meeting that secures meaningful commitments and actions to get UHC progress back on track. UHC2030 plans to convene a powerful movement of diverse voices around a set of Key Asks (UHC Key Asks) again to feed into the next Political Declaration.


The UN HLM 2023 Task Force

The UN HLM 2023 Task Force brings together twenty representatives from UHC2030 Constituencies and beyond. Its primary responsibility will be to draft the next set of UHC Key Asks based on the latest data, the new global health context, and inputs received through inclusive consultations. The Task Force will aim to submit a limited number of action-oriented policy recommendations to the President of the General Assembly ahead of the 2023 UHC Political Declaration Negotiation. It will also be instrumental in providing political advocacy and strategic communications support to UHC2030 throughout the year.

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