World leaders commit to redouble efforts towards universal health coverage by 2030

Sept. 22, 2023
For healthcare to be truly universal, it requires a shift from health systems designed around diseases to systems designed for people.

At the United Nations (UN) General Assembly High-Level Meeting, world leaders have approved a new Political Declaration on “Universal Health Coverage (UHC): expanding our ambition for health and well-being in a post-COVID world”.  

The UHC target measures the ability of countries to ensure that everyone receives the healthcare they need, when and where they need it, without facing financial hardship. It covers the full continuum of key services from health promotion to prevention, protection, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care. Alarmingly, global progress towards UHC has been largely stagnating since 2015, before stalling in 2019.

In the Political Declaration, Heads of State and world leaders committed to take key national actions, make essential investments, strengthen international cooperation and global solidarity at the highest political level to accelerate progress towards UHC by 2030, using a primary healthcare (PHC) approach.

Once adopted by the UN General Assembly, the Political Declaration will be regularly monitored for implementation to identify gaps and solutions to accelerate progress and discussed at the next dedicated UN High-Level Meeting in 2027.

WHO release