UHC protects

Universal health coverage (UHC) ensures all people, everywhere, can get the quality health services they need without financial hardship. Every 12 December, advocates worldwide mobilize on UHC Day to call for strong, equitable health systems that leave no one behind.

The case for universal health coverage is clear. #HealthForAll is key to coping with the interlocking health, humanitarian and climate crises our world is facing.


  • 12.12.2012

    The United Nations unanimously endorses a historic resolution urging all countries to accelerate progress toward UHC as an essential priority for international development.

  • 12.12.2014

    The Universal Health Coverage Coalition begins to celebrate 12 December as UHC Day, to hold leaders accountable to their promise of #HealthForAll.

  • 12.12.2017

    The United Nations officially designates 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day.

  • 12.12.2019

    A global movement calls on world leaders to Keep the Promise they made at the 2019 High-Level Meeting on UHC and achieve #HealthForAll by 2030.

  • 12.12.2020

    Nearly one year after the first cases of COVID-19 were reported to the World Health Organization, UHC Day goes virtual, calling for investments in health systems that protect everyone.

  • 12.12.2022

    This year's UHC Day marks the last celebration before the 2023 High-Level Meeting on UHC. It is an important moment to drive momentum for #HealthForAll by 2030.

Why is UHC so important? – Nina’s happy healthy family meal.


Nina and her family have all had different health problems, but they are now able to sit and enjoy a happy and healthy meal together. This is not the case for many people around the world, which is why universal health coverage is so important. Animation videos are available in 6 UN official languages.

12.12 Coordination Group, powered by UHC2030


The UHC Day Coordination Group (12.12.CG) is powered by UHC2030, a multi-stakeholder platform driving the global movement to build strong health systems for universal health coverage.


Since its establishment in 2016, UHC2030 is proud to have supported partners around the world in organizing events each UHC Day. Building on its experience and mandate, UHC2030 is uniquely positioned to coordinate UHC Day observations across the UN system and in countries around the world.