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Universal Health Coverage Day

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.

Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics

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.

WHO and OHCHR promote the right to health at the United Nations

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.

Dr Tedros advocates for Health for All at the 72nd UN General Assembly

Event on UHC at UNGA 72
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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.

WHO Director-General participates in the High-level Political Forum on SDGs

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.

Dr Tedros briefs the UN Security Council on the cholera situation in Yemen

Dr Tedros addressing the UN Security Council on cholera
UN Photo/Eskinder Debeb

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.

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News10 December 2017 -- Health is a fundamental human right

Statement by Dr Tedros

Events12 December 2017 -- International Universal Health Coverage Day.

UHC Day event
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HighlightsWHO's priorities and vision statement by Dr Tedros.

Vision and priorities

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.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

WHO Office at United Nations has ensured that health related targets are addressed in 14 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, thereby ensuring that social and environmental determinants of health and universal health coverage are recognized as key elements for achieving the agenda.