Universal Health Coverage Day - Expo 2020 (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
- Togethert for a healthier world (Dr. Tedros)
- UHC: Where do we stand today
- Lessons learnt from COVID-19: Strengthening the health systems that drive UHC and health security
- Connecting the dots: From current commitments to future actions
- Creating an intergenerational lens in the region
- Announcement of Falcon Awards winners
- Closing remarks
Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December is the annual rallying point for the growing movement for health for all. It marks the anniversary of the United Nations' historic and unanimous endorsement of universal health coverage in 2012.
Inequities undermine our efforts to protect, promote and improve health for all and, as a result, threaten social and economic development worldwide. As COVID-19 emphasized and exacerbated health inequities around the world, WHO continues to strengthen its call for greater political will and accelerated action from world leaders. We need to place health equity high on the global agenda as we support countries in working towards universal health coverage.
Universal Health Coverage Day is an opportunity to review progress and identify gaps in ensuring that everyone, everywhere, can access the health care they need, close to where they live and without falling into financial hardship. It is also a day to focus on what needs to happen next to achieve continuous, concrete progress towards a fairer and healthier world. WHO will release the latest data on universal health coverage, which underscore the impact of COVID-19 on health systems and services worldwide, and show how countries are working to tackle this.