WHO DG, U.N. SG Comment On Landmark Political Declaration On Universal Health Coverage

U.N. News: Universal coverage race at ‘starting line,’ with new momentum: U.N. health agency
“The race to provide Universal Health Coverage can now get underway, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, as nations take to the ‘starting line’ following the most ‘comprehensive international health agreement in history’ — the landmark pledge to improve global health declared by the U.N. just 24 hours earlier. In the wake of Monday’s universal health commitments, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebryesus said the document would serve as ‘a new milestone in our journey towards a healthier, safer, and fairer world,’ dovetailing with the launch of the agency’s own pledge to boost healthier living…” (9/24).

Xinhua: Global leaders at U.N. call for universal health care by 2030
“…The political declaration on universal health coverage was adopted by acclamation at a high-level meeting on the eve of the annual U.N. General Assembly General Debate. The declaration ‘is the most comprehensive agreement ever reached on global health — a vision for universal health coverage by 2030,’ said U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres. ‘This is a significant achievement that will drive progress over the next decade on communicable diseases including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, while addressing non-communicable disease and antimicrobial resistance through robust and resilient primary health care systems,’ he said…” (9/24).