12 December 2018 – On International Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, the World Health Organization Office at the United Nations, together with the newly established Group of Friends of Universal Health Coverage (core group: Brazil, France, Ghana, Hungary, Japan, South Africa, Thailand), hosted a flagship event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The discussion, which was moderated by WHO/UN’s Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Werner Obermeyer, explored multi-stakeholder perspectives on the UHC agenda and the upcoming High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (HLM-UHC) with contributions from Permanent Representatives, the UN system, UHC2030, and civil society representatives.
UN Security Council adopts resolution on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
On 30 October 2018, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution demanding unhindered access and protection for humanitarian and medical personnel who are working to save lives and to end the outbreak.
The resolution also calls for international support and engagement as well as accelerating funding to combat the outbreak. Negotiations on the text for the resolution were sparked by two recent briefings to the Council from the WHO Director General.
WHO addresses UNGA 4th Committee
On 6 November 2018, the Executive Director of WHO office at the UN, Nata Menabde delivered a statement to the UNGA 4th Committee in support of the work of the United Nations Scientific Committee on Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), during the adoption of the resolution on Effects of Atomic Radiation. Dr. Menabde outlined WHO’s collaboration with UNSCEAR and commended the agency for being a trusted and reliable source of scientific information about sources, levels and effects of human exposure to ionizing radiation.
WHO at the high-level week of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly
The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly will open on 18 September 2018 at the UN Headquarters. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 25 September 2018, which is scheduled to last until 5 October 2018. Heads of states and governments from 193 Member States will convene during the high-level week on the theme: Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.
International #YouthDay is held on the 12th of August every year, and serves the purpose of raising awareness regarding cultural, legal and social issues young people face. Following past themes on mental health, civil society engagement, the 2030 Agenda and peace building, the 2018 theme focuses on the need for safe spaces, where youth can come together, freely express themselves and participate in decision making. #SafeSpace4Youth
09-19 July 2018 – The 2018 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) was convened under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and was held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York from Monday, 9 July to Thursday, 19 July 2018 on the theme “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”. WHO cosponsored seven side events including on water and sanitation, food safety and nutrition and antimicrobial resistance. WHO participated in the overall proceedings of the meeting and other health related side events that took place during the forum.
Interactive Civil Society Hearing in Preparation of General Assembly Meeting on Tuberculosis
The President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Stop TB Partnership, civil society and other stakeholders, convened an interactive civil society hearing on 4 June 2018 at the United Nations in New York, as part of the preparatory process for the UN high-level meeting on tuberculosis (UN HLM). The event was attended by over 400 participants from civil society, non-governmental organizations, private sector, academia, medical associations, parliamentarians, as well as people affected by TB and broader communities, who provided their vision and recommendations to the UN General Assembly for the high-level meeting.
The President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, with the support of WHO, convened an interactive hearing on 5 July 2018 at the United Nations in New York, as part of the preparatory process for the third High-level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of NCDs. The interactive hearing took place with the active participation of 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 and indigenous leadership.