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TB In Spotlight At U.N. High-Level Meeting; Some Experts Express Concern Over Accountability For Promises

Devex: TB gets rare moment of attention at U.N. meeting
“…TB will have a rare moment in the global political spotlight on Wednesday, during the first high-level meeting at the United Nations focused on preventing and treating the infectious disease. The public recognition — however brief — of TB’s harm and challenges has been a long time coming, public health experts say…” (Lieberman, 9/26).

Devex: Stop TB executive worries over ‘accountability’ as high-level meeting draws near
“…[O]ne key issue hangs over the TB community: How can leaders be held accountable to their promises? Much of the summit’s outcomes were already decided in advance. The draft political declaration — which contains some specific actions that governments have agreed on to reduce the global burden of TB and end its spread by 2030 — was finalized a week ago. … When the declaration is adopted on Wednesday — campaigners say it is unlikely it will be renegotiated — the critical next step is ensuring stakeholders have access to an open and solid platform through which they can check progress on the targets — what has been achieved or not, and why…” (Ravelo, 9/26).

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