Tuberculosis (TB)

UN General Assembly high-level meeting on TB to take place in 2018

WHO welcomes the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution A/71/L.41 passed today, calling for the UNGA to hold the first-ever high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis (TB) in 2018.

WHO has been asked to work with the UN Secretary-General, in consultation with Member States, to conceptualize and plan the 2018 high-level meeting. The resolution also highlights the WHO Global Ministerial Conference on the fight against TB in the context of public health Sustainable Development Goals, which will be hosted by the Russian Federation in Moscow on 16-17 November 2017.

"This is a tremendous and unprecedented step forward by governments and all partners engaged in the fight against TB," said Dr Mario Raviglione, Director of the WHO Global TB Programme. "The Ministerial Conference and the UNGA high-level meeting will be fundamental to drive efforts to end this top infectious killer. We look forward to working closely with the Office of the UN Secretary-General, in consultation with Member States, to ensure the meeting results in bold and innovative solutions. For that, the engagement of all partners will be crucial for the success of these meetings."

WHO in its report this year announced that TB was one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide in 2015, responsible for more deaths than HIV and malaria. In the same year, an estimated 1.8 million people died from TB, of which 0.4 million were co-infected with HIV. Worldwide, 10.4 million people fell ill with TB. The report highlighted the need for countries to move much faster to prevent, detect, and treat the disease if they are to meet global targets.

United Nations General Assembly

Resolution A/71/L.41 - 15 December 2016

Global health and foreign policy: Health Employment and Economic Growth

The General Assembly, (...)

21. Takes note of the initiative to hold, in Moscow in November 2017, a global ministerial conference on the fight against tuberculosis in the context of public health and the Sustainable Development Goals;

22. Decides to hold a high-level meeting in 2018 on the fight against tuberculosis, and requests the Secretary-General, in close collaboration with the Director-General of the World Health Organization and in consultation with Member States, as appropriate, to propose options and modalities for the conduct of such a meeting, including potential deliverables, building on existing efforts in this regard;

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