FIRST WHO GLOBAL MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE
ENDING TUBERCULOSIS IN THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ERA: A MULTISECTORAL RESPONSE
Geneva, 23 December 2016 –The Global Ministerial Conference to end tuberculosis (TB) in the context of the new global health agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aims to accelerate efforts of WHO Member States in taking effective measures to end the global TB epidemic by 2030 through a multisectoral and interdisciplinary approach within the SDG agenda.
TB carries a grave global toll, it was one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide in 2015, causing 1.8 million deaths, including 0.4 million among people with HIV. In 2015, there were an estimated 10.4 million new TB cases worldwide. Countries need to move much faster to prevent, detect, and treat TB if they are to meet the global targets. This requires multisectoral action across the SDGs.
Who will be there?
- Ministers of Health and Ministers from other sectors (e.g. finance, social development, justice) will be invited to attend, including from the top 40 highest TB and MDR-TB burden countries;
- Leaders of UN organizations , development agencies and regional bodies;
- Nongovernmental organizations, including faith-based organizations, civil society representatives, affected people and communities, as well as academic and research institutions, philanthropic foundations and private sector entities.