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Sep 23, 2019

UN High-Level Meeting on UHC: MMI input and participation

UN High-Level Meeting on UHC: MMI input and participation

New York, 23 September 2019. The preparations for the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage are in full swing. The theme of the UN HLM will be “Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World”. The MMI Network and its working group on Effective Health Cooperation follow the preparatory process closely. Here some analysis and input:

  • 22 August 2019: Universal Health Care in the golden straightjacket of the Sustainable Development Goals. Blog by Remco van de Pas, ITM Antwerp, MMI Vice-President: Blog on IHP
  • 12 August 2019: Synopsis of selected drafts of the Political Declaration of the UN High-Level Meeting on UHC, with contested paragraphs of revised final draft - published by the MMI Network secretariat as a service to our members and civil society colleagues: PDF
  • Geneva, 25 May 2019: UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (September 2019) and Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Wellbeing for All (GAP). Briefing for Network members and guests as public side event to the MMI Assembly
    Website: www.medicusmundi.org/contributions/events/2019/Assembly2019
    Intoductions to both processes (PPT slides): PDF file
  • Time to say goodbye? Too much of the clear and strong public health content and language of UHC2030 Key Asks for the UN High-Level Meeting
    on Universal Health Coverage has not made it into the Zero Draft Political Declaration.
    Thomas Schwarz, 21 May 2019: PDF file
  • Input by Thomas Schwarz at the event “Moving Forward Together: Key Asks from the UHC Movement for the UN HLM”. Geneva, 6 May 2019 at the Global Health Centre, The Graduate Institute. PDF file. Find the UHC2030 "Key Asks here. 
  • Blog by Thomas Schwarz on an "interactive multi-stakeholder hearing" that took place in New York. New York 29 April 2019: Of Universal Health Coverage, Power and Promotion. MMI website
  • MMI statement at the New York hearing
  • UHC: It's up to you, New York, New York". Editorial by Thomas Schwarz, MMI Network News, February 2019
  • MMI input to the survey on UHC2030 "key asks" for the High-Level Meeting: PDF file
  • As a "historic" and still valid reference, the MMI UHC discussion paper published in August 2013. We then referred to the "UHC hype"...: PDF file

Several Network members have already flagged their interest to participate in the UNHLM and potential side events, either under their own name or as part of an MMI delegation, and depending on the opportunites provided by the UN for civil society attendance. Contact for enquiries: MMI secretariat

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