On 12 December 2017, the United Nations passed a resolution (A/RES/72/139) agreeing to hold the first-ever UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) during the 2019 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The UNGA President subsequently appointed the permanent representatives of Hungary and Thailand to co-facilitate an open and transparent consultative process with Member States to propose modalities for theHLM. The approved modalities, outlining the format, scope, and topic of the meeting, revealed that the overall theme of the HLM will be “Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World.”
This year’s UHC Day will be an important milestone on the road to the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage on 23 September 2019. Building on momentum from events like World Health Day 2018 and the second Global Conference on Primary Health Care, UHC Day will give governments, non-state actors and stakeholders across the United Nations system an important platform to unite and drive action to achieve UHC by 2030.