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Toward Universal Health Coverage by 2030

Place: World Bank Group, Washington DC, United States of America
Date: 11 April 2014, 08:00–13:00 EDT

Global health and development leaders will form 4 panels to discuss key issues related to the United Nation’s goal of universal health coverage for all by 2030.


  • Securing equitable access to essential services
  • Strengthening domestic and international resource mobilization
  • To 2015 and beyond: Targets to track performance
  • Investing in health: Toward universal coverage and ending poverty by 2030

The 2013 Lancet Commission on Investing in Health shows that the returns on investing in health are greater than previously estimated, and may account for as much as 24% of growth in developing countries.

Within a generation the world could achieve a “grand convergence” bringing preventable infectious, maternal and child deaths down to universally low levels. The report finds that a pathway to universal health coverage (UHC) that targets the poor from the outset is an efficient way to achieve better health services and financial protection for the poorest. These findings come as a growing number of countries undertake comprehensive reforms toward the goal of UHC.

Jointly organized by WHO and the World Bank, the deliberations will bring together experts from ministries of health, international partners and stakeholders in the area of health and primary health care, and leaders of international organizations. Speakers at the forum include:

  • Dr Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Dr Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group
  • Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization
  • Mr Michael R. Bloomberg, three-term mayor of New York City
  • Mr Chris Elias, President, Global Development Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr Kiyoshi Kodera, Vice-President, Japan International Cooperation Agency
  • Dr Seth Berkley, CEO, GAVI Alliance
  • His Excellency Daniel Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister of Cote D’ Ivoire