The COVID-19 pandemic has further widened inequities in access to essential health services. It has also shown how under-investment in health systems based on primary health care exposes all people and countries to health threats. It also results in catastrophic costs for people, governments and for the global economy. 

UHC strengthens the resilience of people and countries - in both crisis and calm. Now more than ever, we need urgent, concrete action to build resilient and equitable health systems – including public health functions that are critical for pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.

The 2023 High-Level Meeting on UHC was an opportunity to reinvigorate progress towards delivering health for all. The Political Declaration which was adopted during the opening of the meeting can be used to identify a path forward for ensuring the health and well-being of people everywhere and for correcting the course of action for the billions of people who do not have access to health services or who face financial hardship in doing so.