UN General Assembly High-level Week: The Challenge of a Lifetime: Ensuring Universal Access to COVID-19 Health Technologies

The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated that ensuring the right to health of all citizens in all countries is a matter of utmost urgency, and that no one will be safe until everyone is safe. The pandemic knows no borders, and can only be tackled through an unprecedented effort of global solidarity and international cooperation. The impacts of the pandemic, however, are not felt equally across and within societies, and particular attention must be paid to leave no one behind in the response and recovery.

The high-level event, hosted by the president of Costa Rica and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and CIC/the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, will explore ways to ensure universal access to COVID-19 health technologies, including a vaccine.


Friday, September 25, 2020

10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. (EDT)

Watch the webcast here.


Featured speakers include:

H.E. Mr. Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica

H.E. Mr. Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

H.E. Ms. Retno Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization 

Ms. Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, UNAIDS

H.E Dr. Fitsum Assefa Adela, Minister in Charge of the Planning and Development Commission of Ethiopia

Mr. James Love, Director, Knowledge Ecology International

Dr. Mariângela Simão, Assistant Director General for Access to Medicines and Health Products, World Health Organization

Mr. Alberto Rodriguez, Director of Strategy and Operations, Office of the Vice President of Human Development, World Bank

H.E. Mr. Rodolfo Solano Quirós, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Costa Rica


Moderator: Sarah Cliffe, Director of the Center on International Cooperation

The event will highlight the vision and status of the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP), discuss ongoing research and development for COVID-19 tools, and issue a call to member states, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, and other key stakeholders to endorse the “Solidarity Call to Action” to ensure the open knowledge exchange needed to develop the appropriate health tools to combat COVID-19.

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