Stop TB Partnership

UN High-Level Meeting on TB

Following a campaign launched by Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, Chair of the Stop TB Partnership Board and Minister of Health of South Africa, in December 2016 the United Nations General Assembly agreed to hold a High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Tuberculosis in 2018 through a resolution endorsed today by member states at UN headquarters in New York.

The resolution was tabled by the Global Health and Foreign Policy Initiative, a UN country grouping which includes South Africa, Thailand, Brazil, France, Norway, Senegal, and Indonesia. The resolution, and specifically the text calling for the UN HLM on TB, was agreed unanimously by member states following a campaign by the global TB community and Stop TB partner organizations.

"As the Chair of the Board of the Stop TB Partnership, and Minister of Health of South Africa I welcome the decision by the United Nations to hold a High-Level Meeting in 2018 on the fight against tuberculosis. When I was giving my inputs on behalf of the Stop TB Partnership on Anti-microbial Resistance, I made a call that a high level meeting also be convened for TB by the UN. This is because 30% of Anti-microbial Resistance is due to Multi-drug Resistant TB; and also because TB is the number one killer of all infectious diseases in the world today," said Dr. Motsoaledi.

"The high-level meeting on tuberculosis will heighten awareness of the social and economic devastation caused by this age- old disease and the need for urgent global attention to end TB as a public health threat by 2030. I wish to thank Member States for their support in ensuring that our request for a High Level Meeting was approved so speedily by the UN today," he continued.

Read our FAQ on the UN High-Level Meeting on TB here.

Read our June 2017 update on progress towards the UN High-Level Meeting here.

Read our announcement on the UN High-Level Meeting with quotes from high-level leaders here.