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: Health for All.


With an ongoing global pandemic that has claimed millions of lives, the case for universal health coverage is clear. Join us to tell leaders that UHC is a moral and smart investment that cannot wait.

  • 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.

Why UHC is 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 partnership 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 to organize events each UHC Day. Building on its experience and mandate, UHC2030 is uniquely positioned to coordinate UHC Day observations across the UN system and countries around the world.

Learn More

2019 UHC Monitoring Report

Health care for all: let’s make it a reality (video)

UHC2030 advocacy guide

UHC Data Portal

Cross-programmatic Collaboration Advocacy Note

Animated GIFs

Nina’s Happy Healthy Family Meal (Video)

Your Guide for UHC Advocacy (eLearning Course)

Essential health services (Video)

UHC: everyone, everywhere (Video)

UHC Factsheet (WHO)

UHC Topic Page (The World Bank Group)