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Investing in Health: the Key to Building Back Better from COVID-19 and Accelerating Progress for UHC and Sustainable Development
Thursday, 9 July 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Virtual (New York time)

Side Event

World Health Organization and the Group of Friends of Universal Health Coverage and Global Health (co-chaired by Japan, Thailand, and Georgia, with over 50 members representing all geographic regions)

As we are witnessing with COVID-19, when faced with a pandemic, the burden on health systems endangers global health security and has far-reaching economic, social, and developmental consequences, threatening progress made on the SDGs. Universal health coverage and strong health systems, supported by sufficient financial and human resources, are a critical defense against disease outbreaks, and a necessary norm for sustaining good health outcomes. Intersectoral action for health, including investments in pandemic preparedness, enables governments to prevent and/or respond effectively to outbreaks. This event will consider critical investments needed to ensure robust and agile health systems for maximizing human well-being.

United Nations