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An Event on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Japan and France to the United Nations, in Collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Thailand, Benin and Chile to the United Nations

14 April 2014

 

  1. An event entitled “Universal Health Coverage: How to implement and measure it, Country Case Studies and Lessons” was held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 14 April 2014, co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Japan and France to the United Nations in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Thailand, Benin and Chile to the United Nations.
  2. This event was held in order to deepen understanding of UHC, which has been proposed as a comprehensive approach in the field of health in the on-going discussions to elaboration the Post-2015 Development Agenda. At the event, opening remarks were made by H.E. Ambassador Yoshikawa, Permanent Representative of Japan. High-level speakers, including H.E. Dr. Mongkol Na Songkhla, former Minister of Public Health of Thailand, introduced their various efforts and ideas towards UHC. International organizations in the field of health proposed measures to evaluate the achievement of UHC, and representatives of civil society and a think tank remarked on the importance of the concept of UHC. The event gathered about 90 people, including officials and representatives from various Permanent Missions to the United Nations, international organizations and civil society organizations.
  3. UHC is a concept to ensure that all people obtain the essential health services they need without suffering financial hardship when paying for them. It is based on the core values of equity and personal protection, key elements also of the notion of Human Security, which Japan regards as important and is promoting as an integral part of its international diplomacy. Our country currently contributes to the improvement of health for people all around world by helping other countries to achieve UHC, as described in Japan’s Strategy on Global Health Diplomacy.

 

Abstract of the event (in English and French)
UN Webcast for the event
Japan’s strategy for global health diplomacy: why it matters (The Lancet)
Japan’s Strategy on Global Health Diplomacy

 


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