The United Nations High-level Political Forum (HLPF), a mechanism that tracks and advances the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, was convened just about as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, on 7–16 July 2020, on the theme “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development “. Given the appreciable influence of the pandemic on human well being and the worldwide economic system, the Forum strongly centered on the potential influence of the pandemic on the implementation of the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda, and the way the worldwide neighborhood can reply and get again on monitor to attaining the sustainable improvement agenda.
WHO actively participated within the Forum, by contributing to the background supplies and agenda for 4 of the six official thematic classes (Advancing human well-being; Ending starvation and attaining meals safety for all; Protecting the planet and constructing resilience; Sharing financial advantages) in addition to within the digital particular occasions, facet occasions and the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). The 47 nations that introduced VNRs, echoed the necessity to undertake substantial measures to include the unfold of COVID-19 and to make sure the right functioning, preparedness and strengthening of well being techniques.
The eight WHO co-sponsored facet occasions, centered on UHC and investing in well being; tobacco management, COVID-19 and youngsters; international technique to depart nobody behind throughout the COVID-19 pandemic; COVID-19 vaccines, Nutrition, in addition to training in time of COVID-19, amongst others.
WHO’s fundamental facet occasion, co-hosted by Dr. Nata Menabde of the WHO workplace on the UN, centered on Investing in Health: the Key to Building Back Better from COVID-19 and Accelerating Progress for UHC and Sustainable Development, was organized in collaboration with the Group of Friends of UHC and Global Health and UHC2030. It addressed the extent to which COVID-19 has endangered international well being and human safety, threatening the progress made on the SDGs, in addition to greatest practices and classes realized to assist speed up response and restoration. Dr. Tedrosaddressed the assembly in a video message, urging leaders to fulfil the commitments made within the UHC Political Declaration to construct again higher, speed up motion to attain the SDGs, and go away nobody behind.
WHO was additionally represented by Mr. Stewart Simonson, Head of the WHO Office on the UN, at a facet occasion on “Education and the Trying Times of COVID-19”, organized by theMission of the State of Qatar to the UN. He highlighted the vulnerability of kids and younger folks as a result of well being and socioeconomic impacts ensuing from the pandemic and burdened the necessity for nationwide well being system reform to be led by a robust multi-sectoral and whole-of-government method.
The WHO VNR lab occasion cosponsored by the Financing for Sustainable Development Office of UNDESA and UHC2030, that includes Dr. Agnes Soucat, Director of Health Systems Governance and Financing at WHO, raised consciousness of the well being financing gaps in addition to showcased options to financing well being techniques and construct on classes realized from COVID-19.
WHO additionally participated within thedigitalSDG Media Zone specializing in sustainability, solidarity and options, because the pillars for recovering again higher. Dr Bruce Aylward, Epidemiologist and Senior Advisor to the WHO Director-General, highlighted the significance of vaccines within the international response efforts to COVID-19 and the essential want for equitable entry to them, as soon as they change into obtainable.
Prior to formally concluding the Forum, the ECOSOC President, unveiled new UN stamps which pay tribute to frontline employees within the pandemic. Proceeds from an added surcharge will go on to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to assist the WHO and companions.