HCC is pleased to share this new resource: Advancing Universal Health Coverage in Caribbean Small Island Developing States – HCC Advocacy Priorities for the 2023 UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage. Building on the HCC. First United Nations High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage. Technical brief for Caribbean countries – a contribution from civil society developed in 2019, the HCC is again seeking to contribute to advances in UHC in the Caribbean region by providing updated Advocacy Priorities and Advocacy Asks for the Second UNGA HLM on UHC, taking into consideration developments since 2019. The Second UNGA HLM on UHC is scheduled for 21 September 2023.
This Second HLM on UHC provides yet another opportunity for UN Member States, including small developing states in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), to agree on actions to reduce health inequities—differences in health outcomes among individuals and groups that are unjust, unfair, and avoidable—and leave no one behind as they make progress in sustainable development and in their obligations to respect, protect, and fulfill the right to health and other human rights.
The 2023 HCC Advocacy Priorities and Asks are aimed at supporting civil society UHC advocacy in lead up to and post the High Level Meeting. They have also been presented for review, discussion, and consideration by CARICOM Heads of State and Government, Ministers of Health, and Ministers of Foreign Affairs; CARICOM Permanent Missions in New York and Geneva that will participate in the negotiations to develop the Political Declaration of the Second HLM on UHC; government sectors including, and outside of, health; civil society organisations; and other key stakeholders in CARICOM Member States, particularly those working in NCD prevention and control.