INTRODUCTION OF RESOLUTION AND STATEMENT BY
H.E. YUSRA KHAN
DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF INDONESIA
ON BEHALF OF
FOREIGN POLICY & GLOBAL HEALTH GROUP
AT THE 65th PLENARY MEETING OF
THE 68TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
AGENDA ITEM 127: GLOBAL HEALTH & FOREIGN POLICY
11 DECEMBER 2013
This statement is delivered on behalf of the Foreign Policy and Global Health Group, consisting of Brazil, France, Indonesia, Norway, Senegal, South Africa and Thailand.
As the Group enters its seventh year, we appreciate that the ideas we have raised in the General Assembly have been well received and supported.
Last year, with the support and cooperation of all Member States, this Initiative succeeded in facilitating one of the hallmark General Assembly resolutions for health: Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
The timing for the resolution felt right given the vulnerability of the poor in the context of the turbulent global economic recovery. Ensuring that all people obtain the health services they need, without suffering financial hardship for the payment of such services, was then the main consideration taken by the Group in proposing the UHC resolution.
This year, as we are in the final lap of the MDGs timeframe, and in the context of all the ongoing processes leading towards the post-2015 development agenda, this Initiative raised partnerships for global health as the focus of the 68thGeneral Assembly’s resolution for Global Health and Foreign Policy.
Even before the launch of the MDGs framework more than a decade ago, partnerships for health have been one of the contributing factors behind a lot of significant progresses in achieving the health goals.
The MDGs framework, particularly its health related goals, infused further momentum leading to more widespread action to manifest health commitments into measurable and tangible results at all levels.
Nevertheless, despite progress in the achievement of MDGs on health, and proliferation of actors in the global health cooperation architecture, poor health outcomes and weak health systems remain.
Global partnership for overcoming structural and economic barriers to development and health is fundamental for reaching the global development agenda. The international community therefore needs to strengthen partnerships for global health and to ensure that commitments made in relation to partnership for health are fulfilled.
Working together in partnership, we can multiply the impact of health outcomes. Together we can make progress in implementing UHC, promoting access to quality essential health services, as well as equity in all the interconnected areas that contribute to health, accelerate progress for the achievement of all health-related MDGs and also, in strengthening health systems.
It was in the spirit of partnership that this year’s GA resolution on global health and foreign policy was negotiated and agreed by consensus.
We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our utmost appreciation to all Delegations for their positive and constructive engagement and contribution during the consultative process.
We would like as well to extend our highest appreciation to the WHO for their continued support during the process, and to relevant UN entities, as well as international organizations, NGOs and CSOs for their valuable inputs to the resolution in its earlier draft format.
Through this resolution we called for enhanced partnerships by states and other relevant stakeholders, including the private sector, civil societies and academia to improve health for all, in particular by: supporting the development of sustainable and comprehensive health system; ensuring equity and universal access to quality health services; fostering innovations to meet current and future health needs; strengthening of capacities for regulation and production as well as R&D; and promoting health throughout the life course.
The adoption of this resolution will definitely not be the end, but instead the beginning of the real hard work. Commitments expressed in this resolution without action are merely expressions of lofty ideals. The legitimacy of our commitments in this resolution will therefore be measured against the action that will take place.
Before I conclude, I would like to make oral corrections to some of the paragraphs in document A-68.L.26-ODS, which after editing do not reflect the essence agreed upon during the consultations on the draft resolution.
First, on PP4 from the end of line 2 to the beginning of line 3, the reference on “the right of everyone” should be deleted, as the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, and to a standard of living adequate for the health and the well-being of oneself and one’s family, as well as to the continuous improvement of living conditions are agreed to be the right of every human being, without distinction of any kind, as already mentioned in the beginning of PP4.
On PP6, in the middle section of line 7 and in the last part of the paragraph, the reference on TRIPS Agreement should be made in full, as taken from the agreed language of the previous resolution, and not just referred as “Agreement”.
On PP16, the first line, the correct reference is to recognize the link between moving towards universal health coverage,not the promotion of universal health coverage, and many other foreign policy issues.
On OP11 mid-section of line 3, after the word: development agenda and, there should not be the word “to ensure”, the correct language should be “…of the post-2015 development agenda and that due consideration is given,
Lastly, there are two corrections in OP12. First is in line 4, the words “nationally determined” should be followed by “sets of”. Second is in line 5, there should not be the word “including” after basic health services. The correct reference should be “basic health services needed” and “essential, safe, affordable, effective and quality medicines…”
We would like these corrections be reflected in the document and we would like to thank the Secretariat and the editors for their hard work and assistance during the process.
Thank you, Mr. President.
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