UNITE applauds World Leader’s commitment at the 2019 High Level United Nations Political Declaration on universal health coverage in New York, to scale up efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030.

September 22nd: UN High Level Meeting – New York, USA

UNITE, alongside the G20 Health Partnership, World Hepatitis Alliance and UNAIDS, organized a session in NYC as an official side meeting to the UN General Assembly and High Level Meeting (HLM) on UHC.

Under the theme of securing political leadership to achieve UHC, this side meeting was organized following the collaboration between UNITE MP from Georgia, Mariam Jashi, and Councillor for the Permanent Mission of Georgia to the UN, Dr. Tamar Tchelidze, who successfully advocated for the inclusion of viral hepatitis within the UN Political Declaration on UHC

This declaration was adopted at the HLM on September 23 and was highlighted by the President of Georgia, Salome Zourabichvili, for Georgia’s progress towards the elimination of viral hepatitis. 

UNITE joint meeting was titled, ‘Securing Political Leadership & Innovative Funding to achieve UHC’  and provided an interactive session exploring how policy makers, civil society, and other stakeholders can effectively collaborate to ensure health systems secure funding and meet the needs of the people that they are designed for.

The speakers included: 

  • Shannon Hader – Deputy Executive Director, UNAIDS; Assistant Secretary -General, UN
  • Mariam Jashi – Member of Parliament, Georgia; UNITE  Chapter Chair for Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  • Cary James, –  World Hepatitis Alliance, CEO
  • Alan Donelly – Former Member of UK Parliament & European Parliament; Convener of the G20 Health and Development Partnership

The session hosted more than 30 participants, representing a wide range of stakeholders, including lawmakers/legislators, donor institutions, community-based organisations, pharma industry, international organisations from the UN System, and academia.

The achievement of including viral hepatitis into the UN declaration additional fuelled a partnership between UNITE and The World Hepatitis Alliance. Our two organizations will join forces to eliminate hepatitis as a global health threat.