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UN Assembly calls on Member States to ‘accelerate progress’ on goal of universal health coverage

13 December 2017
UN Assembly calls on Member States to ‘accelerate progress’ on goal of universal health coverage

The United Nations on Tuesday called for greater efforts on the part of its Member States to ensure universal health coverage, and designated 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day.

In one of the two resolutions adopted today, the UN General Assembly — composed of all 193 UN Member States — called for efforts ensure that all people have equal access, without discrimination of any kind, to quality promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative basic health services.

It also encouraged all Member States to promote the effective, full and meaningful participation of all — in particular those who are vulnerable or in vulnerable situations — in the design, implementation and monitoring of law, policies and programmes relevant to realizing the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health and to implementing the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including strategies for universal health coverage.

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