This UN HLPF event provides the moment to take stock of where we are on health-related SDG targets, discuss approaches to accelerate progress in achieving them and find solutions for an equitable and resilient recovery from COVID-19. The event will focus on key acceleration solutions in support of country leadership and community engagement and in particular, (1) the role of primary health in driving COVID-19 recovery, while boosting resilience to future shocks and enhancing health security, (2) a focus on equity, including the importance of disaggregated data and multisectoral action to reach those who must not be left behind and (3) the relevance of collaboration to accelerate SDG progress. The event will highlight leadership by countries and regions and showcase how these could be further scaled through the support of WHO and its multilateral partners in and beyond theSDG3 Global Action Plan. The event will also focus on the reasons health is relevant across the SDGs and why multilateral collaboration is key to overcome the pandemic, improve health security and accelerate progress to deliver on our vision to achieve healthy lives and well-being for all by 2030.
Progress on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) has been reversed for the first time since their adoption in 2015 – for the poorest countries, progress could be pushed back by a full 10 years. The COVID-19 pandemic has, therefore, underscored the centrality of health for achieving sustainable development
Ninety per cent of countries have reported disruptions in essential health services, with over one-third of services being disrupted in countries. Recent gains in health and development are being threatened, with already disproportionately affected groups being most hit, of which women make up the vast majority.
The development of safe and effective vaccines has shone a light at the end of the tunnel, however, the best defense against disease outbreaks are resilient and equitable health systems. Insidious inequalities and staggering inequities persist and many health systems are not fit to protect the health of their populations.
Solutions to meet the goal of healthy lives and well-being for all must be multisectoral and engage multiple actors to accelerate progress. The role of communities, civil society and multi-stakeholder partnerships will be key in ensuring a focus on equity and strong accountability on the SDGs.