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Next Steps on UHC: Moving Forward from the G20 and HLM-UHC

New York, September 24, 2019

JCIE, in cooperation with the UN Foundation, convened a small, high-level roundtable of global health experts and policymakers on the morning after the UN High-Level Meeting on UHC to discuss what the next steps should be to turn the commitments in recent forums into concrete action, maintain momentum in advancing UHC in low- and middle-income countries, and encourage Japan and other countries to continue to lead on the UHC agenda. This followed up on the work of JCIE's International Advisory Group, which advised the Japanese government in advancing UHC and other global health priorities while chairing the G20 Summit.

Summary of Dicsussion - Key Points

Focus:

  1. What progress has been made in the past year in advancing UHC, including through the G20 process, the UN-HLM, etc?
  2. How do we consolidate gains from the past year and turn the commitments that various countries have made into concrete action?
  3. What else is needed to help equip low- and middle-income countries to move toward UHC? What other steps are needed in terms of health financing? Does more need to be done to fill gaps elsewhere?
  4. How can Japan contribute as a global leader (including through financing, technical advice, and intellectual leadership)?
  5. What can be done to keep momentum beyond the HLM and the G20?

   

Agenda

Opening               

[Welcome]

  • Hon. Gunilla Carlsson, Executive Director, UNAIDS

[Opening remarks]

  • Mr. James Gannon, Executive Director, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA)
  • Ms. Kate Dodson, Vice President, United Nations Foundation

Initial remarks: Purpose of meeting
  • Hon. Keizo Takemi, Member, House of Councillors; WHO Goodwill Ambassador for UHC

Special remarks
  • Hon. Katsunobu Kato, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan

Roundtable Discussion               


Assessing the G20 and HLM in Advancing UHC
[Initial comments]
  • Amb. Tamaki Tsukada, Director General for Global Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
  • Dr. Yasuyuki Sahara, Senior Assistant Minister for Global Health, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan
  • Dr. Suwit Wibulpolprasert, Vice Chair, International Health Policy Program Foundation
  • Dr. Ilona Kickbusch, Director, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies; Co-chair, UHC2030 Steering Committee

Roundtable Discussion

Next Steps
[Initial comments]
  • Hon. Muhammad Pate, Global Director, Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank; Director, Global Financing Facility
  • Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
  • Hon. Donald Kaberuka, Board Chair, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; former President, African Development Bank (AfDB); former Minister of Finance, Rwanda
  • [Roundtable discussion]

Closing Remarks



Participant list [PDF]