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Ending Tuberculosis In Sustainable Development Era
Nov 16 '17 - Nov 17 '17
First WHO Global Ministerial Conference on ending TB in the Sustainable Development Era
“Ending Tuberculosis in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response”
Ministers, leaders of UN organizations, NGOs, civil society, academia and the corporate sector, will gather in Moscow on November 16 to 17, 2017 at the first WHO Global Ministerial Conference to end tuberculosis (TB).
The Global Ministerial Conference aims to accelerate country implementation of the WHO End TB Strategy in order to reach the End TB targets set by the World Health Assembly and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Ministerial Conference will inform the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on TB in 2018.
A Ministerial Declaration will be signed at the Conference, containing bold commitments by countries to accelerate action to end TB and meet the milestones towards the 2030 SDGs. This will inform the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on TB in 2018.
Provisional agenda framework
Download the provisional agenda here.
TB is the leading infectious killer in the world claiming 5000 lives a day, and one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. Ministers of Health from around the world declared their commitment to end tuberculosis (TB) at the World Health Assembly 2017.
TB carries a grave global toll having been one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide in 2015, causing 1.8 million deaths, including 0.4 million among people with HIV. In 2015, there were an estimated 10.4 million new TB cases worldwide. The public health crisis of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) continues. Although 49 million lives have been saved through global efforts since 2000, actions and investments fall far short of those needed to end the TB epidemic. Countries need to move much faster to prevent, detect, and treat TB if they are to meet the global targets. This requires multisectoral action across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Seventeen SDGs were adopted by the UN Member States in September 2015. Ending the TB epidemic is a target under SDG3 – “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”.
Who will be there?
- Ministers of Health and Ministers from other sectors (e.g. finance, social development, justice) will be invited to attend, including from the top 40 highest TB and Multi-drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) burden countries;
- Leaders of UN organizations, development agencies and regional bodies; and
- Nongovernmental organizations, including faith-based organizations, civil society representatives, affected people and communities, as well as academic and research institutions, philanthropic foundations and private sector entities.
Registration for the Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB in the Sustainable Development Era is now underway.
Please note that participation in this conference is by invitation only.
WHO and the Russian Federation welcome the participation of Ministers of Health and Ministers from other sectors, representatives from UN organizations, development agencies and regional bodies, nongovernmental organizations, including faith-based organizations, civil society representatives, affected people and communities, as well as academic and research institutions, philanthropic foundations and private sector entities.