The UN High Level Meeting on TB on September 26th was a momentous and historic occasion that we as a community have never had before. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to ensure the voices of civil society were heard. Coming out of the HLM, we have a Political Declaration and commitments that we can hold our governments accountable to.
A few highlights from the HLM:
- Registration was over-capacity, with very large numbers of civil society and community members attending in person
- Over 120 countries registered to make official statements, including 16 Heads of State personally delivering remarks
- In general, the statements made by countries made it quite clear that there is a lack of knowledge of TB at the highest levels
- The US announced they would be ‘reprogramming’ US $35 million of existing USAID funding for the development of a performance-based measurement system, as well as an additional US $30 million for India (pending an increase from Congress)
- The UK pledged £7.5 million to TB Alliance
- Peru was the only country to mention domestic financing in their official statement
- Asia-Pacific countries spoke quite a bit about access to medicines
- Some issues that were not addressed in the plenary sessions were highlighted in the multistakeholder panels, including calls for an independent accountability framework from Bill Gates, Nick Herbert, and others
- RD Marte from APCASO made an intervention in the multistakeholder panels on behalf of communities and civil society, drawing attention to the Civil Society Statement. You can read her intervention here
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