12 December 2017 – Today, UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that proclaims 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage day. Health is a human right. But we have a long way to go until everyone – no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they have – can get the quality health care they need and deserve. For this year’s Universal Health Coverage Day there will be a historic forum in Tokyo, Japan, from 12–15 December to galvanize action toward #HealthforAll.
10 November 2017 -- The theme of World Antibiotic Awareness Week is Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics. Antibiotics are a precious resource, so it is important to get the right advice before taking them. This not only ensures you and your family get the best treatment, responsible use of antibiotics will also help reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance.
25 October 2017 -- An event organized by OHCHR in partnership with WHO and co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Chile, Ecuador, and South Africa, took place at the United Nations to highlight the interlinkage between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially the health goal (SDG 3), and human rights. Panelists and Member States discussed the relationship between SDGs and the right to health and explored ways in which human rights could advance SDG implementation, particularly in the health sector. The discussion also allowed countries to share best practices and ideas on how human rights and the right to health can reinforce and significantly advance the implementation of SDGs.
The newly elected WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus led the WHO delegation participating in the high-level session of the 72nd regular session of the UN General Assembly, on the theme Focusing on people: Striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet. Dr Tedros participated in the WHO co-sponsored events as well as numerous activities organized by Member States and other stakeholders including academia and civil society, and met with several world, civil society and UN system leaders bilaterally to advocate for his priorities, especially Universal Health Care.
24 July 2017 -- The UN High-level Political Forum, a mechanism that tracks and advances the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, took place at the United Nations in New York, on 10–19 July 2017. Dr Tedros Adhnom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, led the WHO delegation to the forum and participated in the opening of the ministerial segment and side events, including the WHO co-sponsored side events, and held several bilateral meetings with UN Member States and high-level UN officials.
12 July 2017 – WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, joined other senior UN officials to brief the UN Security Council on the dire cholera situation in Yemen. He outlined the on-going logistical challenges and UN system-wide efforts to provide medical treatment, safe drinking water and adequate sanitation to the Yemeni people. He called on the Council to accelerate the peace process, to bring an immediate end to this conflict and to ensure the protection of civilian infrastructure such as water, sanitation and health facilities in accordance with International Humanitarian Law and appealed for financial support for longer-term recovery and development.