74th United Nations General Assembly

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The General Assembly is one of the six main organs of the United Nations, where Member States have equal representation: one nation, one vote.

All 193 Member States of the United Nations are represented in this unique forum to discuss and work together on a wide array of international issues covered by the UN Charter, such as development, peace and security, and international law, among other priorities. In September, all the Members meet in the General Assembly Hall in New York for the annual General Assembly session.

The 74th session of the UN General Assembly will open on 17 September 2019 (17-30 September 2019). The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 24 September 2019.

This year, a one-day high-level meeting on universal health coverage will be convened by the President of the General Assembly a day before the start of the general debate of the Assembly, on 23 September from 9am to 1pm and from 3 to 6pm, consisting of an opening segment, a plenary segment for general discussion, two multi-stakeholder panels and a brief closing segment.

UHC means that all people and communities receive the quality health services they need, without financial hardship. Key barriers to UHC achievement include poor infrastructures and availability of basic amenities, out of pocket payments and catastrophic expenditures, shortages and mal-distribution of qualified health workers, prohibitively expensive good quality medicines and medical products, low access to digital health and innovative technologies, among others.

Primary health care (PHC) is the foundation for UHC. PHC oriented health systems provide quality services that are comprehensive, continuous, coordinated and people-centered, including a priority focus on newborn health

Also, this year at UNGA there will be a high-level commemorative event to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child during the high-level week of the seventy-fourth session of the General Assembly, on 25 September 2019, from 8.30 to 9.30 a.m. in the Trusteeship Council Chamber. There will additionally be a one-day high-level meeting in the General Assembly Hall on 20 November 2019 on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and that the high-level meeting will begin with an opening plenary meeting and an interactive segment with the meaningful participation of children, and will continue with a high-level plenary meeting.