WHO Office at the United Nations

WHO participates in the Pledging Conference for the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)

New York, 9 December 2019 – WHO joined UN Member States and Observers, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, foundations and private sectors gathered at the UN Headquarters for its annual High-level Pledging Conference for the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

Launch of The World Report on Vision at the United Nations Headquarters

New York, 19 November 2019 - The first ever World Report on Vision was launched at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Tuesday November 19, 2019. It was hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Mission of Antigua and Barbuda. His Excellency Walton Webson made welcome remarks by highlighting the significance of eye health and the need to address inequalities in access to eye care by emphasizing its need for integration in universal health coverage.

World Food Day 2019

New York, 17 October 2019 - WUN in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) commemorated World Food Day 2019 on the theme “healthy diets for a zero hunger world”, to raise awareness, share experiences and plan for future activities. The event brought together representatives from various sectors, including President of the UN General Assembly, Permanent Representative of Zambia, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan, Director of the FAO Liaison Office at the UN, Professor of Nutrition from NYU, a professional chef, representative from World Economic Forum as well as farmers.

World leaders approve a landmark political declaration on Universal Health Coverage

23 September 2019, New York – World leaders approved an action-oriented political declaration on Universal Health Coverage at a first high-level meeting convened by the President of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande on the theme “Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World”. This historic high-level meeting provided an opportunity to mobilize the global community and secure political commitment from Heads of State and Government to accelerate progress toward achieving universal health coverage by 2030, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.
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WHO presents the “Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All” at HLPF

10 June 2019 - WHO organized a side event during the UN High Level Political Forum on the “Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All: A commitment to accelerating together” at the United Nations in New York. The side event provided an opportunity for Member States and other stakeholders to learn more about the Global Action Plan and to feed into its development. WHO and key stakeholders shared expectations and showcased how acceleration towards the health-related SDG targets, as well as the SDGs, can be achieved through coordinated and multi-sectoral actions.

WHO DG addresses the Multi-Stakeholder hearing on Universal Health Coverage

29 April 2019 – WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, addressed the Multi-Stakeholder Hearing in preparation for the UN High-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), from the Democratic Republic of Congo where he was on an assessment mission on the Ebola response. The UN high-level meeting on UHC will be convened on 23 September 2019 with the overall theme: Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World. As part of the preparations leading to high-level meeting, the President of the General Assembly, with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Health Partnership for UHC 2030 (UHC2030), convened an interactive multi-stakeholder hearing to ensure the inclusive, active and substantive engagement of all stakeholders in the process.

UN Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance presents its report to the UN SG

29 April 2019 - Members of the Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (IACG) and the WHO Deputy Director-General, Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, met with the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to handover the group’s report “No time to wait: Securing the Future from Drug–Resistant Infections”. The report outlines recommendations for urgent action by multi-stakeholders in the global response to antibiotic resistance.

World Health Day 2019 commemoration in New York

4 April 2019 - The World Health Organization office at the United Nations, commemorated World Health Day 2019 on the theme “Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere, focusing on Primary Health Care”. Over 100 participants across sectors, including Member States, the UN system, academia, civil society and the private sector joined the lively solidary reception held at the Waterfront Club in New York, to congratulate WHO and reiterate their commitment and support for #HealthForAll and the upcoming UN General Assembly high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in September 2019.

Informal Briefing of the Group of Friends of Universal Health Coverage and Global Health - Multi-stakeholder “Key Asks” and views for the High-level Meeting on UHC

1 April, UN – WHO participated in a meeting of the Group of Friends on Universal Health Coverage to present an overview of work undertaken thus far on the SDG3+ Global Action Plan and on preparations for the UN General Assembly high-level meeting on UHC in September. UHC2030 presented the key asks obtained from stakeholders after an online consultation and how these would contribute to an actionable set of commitments at the September high level meeting. On 29 April, the President of the General Assembly will hold a multi-stakeholder hearing to ensure all stakeholders formally contribute to the outcome of the high-level meeting.

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Disease outbreaks and emergencies

WHO Office at UN ensures that disease outbreaks and health in emergencies remain on the global political agenda by engaging with different partners.

WHO reform, Emergency capacities

WUN regularly updates and provides information on the WHO reform process, and keeps WHO headquarters informed of any relevant information that comes out of the UN to support the process.

Communicable diseases and NTDs

WHO Office at UN ensures that infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and hepatitis are a priority on the global political agenda.

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

Meeting on noncommunicable diseases

WUN ensures that noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) remain a priority on the global political agenda through advocacy at the UN, stakeholder engagement, follow-up on high-level meetings.

Climate change and human health

WHO Office at UN engages with Member States and partners to ensure that climate change impacts on human health are understood and reflected in all sustainable development discussions.

Women's health, gender and human rights

WUN works to ensure that health issues for women and girls, such as violence against women, female genital mutilation, sexual and reproductive health remain priorities for UN member states.