For WSO, 2018 was a very busy year on the global policy field, as representatives of our leadership attended many high-level meetings and participated in numerous joint initiatives and events.
2019 will not be any different.
Below are presented only some of the key events to look forward to in the next few months, which the WSO will use to develop and further its agenda and build new and productive partnerships and collaborations.
The 71st World Health Assembly will take place on 21–26 May 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. WHA is the decision-making body of WHO, whose main functions are to determine the policies of the Organization, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget.
From 8 to 19 July 2019, in New York, will take place the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Goals. Convened under the auspices of ECOSOC, it is the United Nations’ central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. Then, the UN SDG Summit will take place on 24-25 September 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Summit will be one of three high-level events taking place in September 2019, along with the 2019 Climate Summit and the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development.
During the UN General Assembly meeting in September 2019, there will be a UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage. The overall theme of the HLM, to take place on 23 September 2019, will be “Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World” and it will include two multi-stakeholder panels.
WSO will ensure that it is well-represented at these and other high-level meetings during the year. We look forward to continuing to work closely with WHO to reduce the global burden of stroke through prevention, treatment and long-term care. We will also continue our productive collaboration with the NCD Alliance and the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health.
Achieving our vision of a life free from stroke is a task that WSO cannot achieve alone. We are committed to building our partnerships at the global, regional and national level to scale up and deliver improvements in prevention, treatment and support to reduce the burden of stroke.