WHO Office at the United Nations

62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

The session took place from 12-23 March 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York with the participation of several representatives of UN Member States, UN entities, including WHO, and nongovernmental organizations from all regions of the world, on the theme of “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”. Member States also negotiated and adopted the Agreed Conclusions outcome document, in which WUN ensured that health was prominently featured, particularly in relation to the health of rural women.

World TB Day commemorated at the UN

21 March 2018 - To celebrate World TB Day 2018, WHO in collaboration with Stop TB Partnership, US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the missions of Japan, Antigua & Barbuda, Brazil, and the Russian Federation, organized a briefing for Member States and other stakeholders to discuss the upcoming UN high-level meeting on TB. The meeting was attended by several UN Missions, UN partners and members of civil society and highlighted the significance of the high-level event which will take place on 26 September 2018, during the high-level week of the UN General Assembly. A special 3D installation, replicating the SDG-End TB logo, was also unveiled in the UN lobby by event participants, to launch the push to the high-level meeting.

Promoting Innovation and Access to Health Technologies in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the United Nations

On 6 March, the World Health Organization, together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), in partnership with the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary General, as well as the Permanent Missions of Austria, Brazil, Egypt, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa and Thailand organized a briefing on promoting innovation and access to health technologies.

A Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030

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29 January 2017 – WHO is organizing a side event on 2 February 2018 to understand delegates and other participants' views on what a Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030 should achieve. The event will explore synergies between policy instruments – including the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing 2002, the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health 2016-2030, and Agenda 2030 – to catalyze meaningful and measurable impact to improve older peoples' lives.

Universal Health Coverage Day

12 December 2017 – Today, UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that proclaims 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage day. Health is a human right. But we have a long way to go until everyone – no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they have – can get the quality health care they need and deserve. For this year’s Universal Health Coverage Day there will be a historic forum in Tokyo, Japan, from 12–15 December to galvanize action toward #HealthforAll.

Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics

10 November 2017 -- The theme of World Antibiotic Awareness Week is Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics. Antibiotics are a precious resource, so it is important to get the right advice before taking them. This not only ensures you and your family get the best treatment, responsible use of antibiotics will also help reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance.

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NewsWanted: Leaders for a TB Free World

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EventsWorld Immunization Week, 24-30 April 2018

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HighlightsKey health issues WHO faced in 2017

2017 year in review

Disease outbreaks and emergencies

WHO Office at UN ensures that disease outbreaks and health in emergencies remain on the global political agenda by engaging with different partners.

WHO reform, Emergency capacities

WUN regularly updates and provides information on the WHO reform process, and keeps WHO headquarters informed of any relevant information that comes out of the UN to support the process.

Communicable diseases and NTDs

WHO Office at UN ensures that infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and hepatitis are a priority on the global political agenda.

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

Meeting on noncommunicable diseases

WUN ensures that noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) remain a priority on the global political agenda through advocacy at the UN, stakeholder engagement, follow-up on high-level meetings.

Climate change and human health

WHO Office at UN engages with Member States and partners to ensure that climate change impacts on human health are understood and reflected in all sustainable development discussions.

Women's health, gender and human rights

WUN works to ensure that health issues for women and girls, such as violence against women, female genital mutilation, sexual and reproductive health remain priorities for UN member states.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

WHO Office at United Nations has ensured that health related targets are addressed in 14 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, thereby ensuring that social and environmental determinants of health and universal health coverage are recognized as key elements for achieving the agenda.