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.

UN High-Level Meeting Coordinating Group

In May 2017, the Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board recommended the establishment a Coordinating Group for the UN High-Level Meeting on TB to facilitate coordination and information sharing across stakeholders. The Coordinating Group has monthly calls and the membership includes:

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Affairs Canada, Global TB Caucus, International Civil Society Support (ICSS), RESULTS, South Africa, Stop TB Partnership, USAID, The Union, Office of the UN Special Envoy for TB, World Health Organization, Constituencies and Communities Representatives on the Stop TB Partnership Board.

Secretariat: Stop TB Partnership (contact email: gregp@stoptb.org)

The Coordinating Group established the following HLM work tracks in order to advance the various areas of work and utilize the expertise of various stakeholders.

Work Track 1: New York and UN Missions Engagement (co-facilitators: Jane Coyne, Office of the UN Special Envoy on TB & Sarah Kirk, Global TB Caucus)

Work Track 2: Modalities Paper and Resolution (facilitator: Diana Weil, World Health Organization)

Work Track 3: Content for Political Declaration and Accountability Mechanism (facilitator: Paula Fujiwara, The Union). Accountability Mechanism sub track (Aaron Oxley, RESULTS UK)

Work Track 4: In country Political Advocacy (facilitator: Greg Paton, Stop TB Partnership)

Work Track 5: PR and Communications (facilitator: Ravini Senanayake, Stop TB Partnership)

Work Track 6: Affected Communities and Civil Society (co-facilitators: Katy Kydd Wright, ICSS & Meaghan Derynck, ICSS)

Work Track 7: Private Sector (co-facilitators: Jacqueline Huh, Stop TB Partnership & Robert Newman, Johnson & Johnson)