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The UN High-Level Meeting on TB - Modalities Resolution Agreed

Time to Make History on 26 September, 2018


Dear Partners, colleagues and friends,

The United Nations General Assembly has formally adopted the UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on TB Modalities Resolution which sets out the dates, length, agenda and other key details for the HLM. The final resolution can be viewed by clicking here.

The final resolution contains no major changes from the draft version released in early March. Key highlights include:

Date: Member states agreed the UNHLM on TB will take place on 26 September 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York, on the second day of the opening of the UN General Assembly.

Level of Participation: The resolution requests member states to participate at the highest levels, specifically at the Head of State level.

UNHLM Outcomes: Member states agreed that the UNHLM will ‘approve a concise and action orientated political declaration, agreed in advance by consensus through intergovernmental negotiations’.

Meeting Theme: United to End Tuberculosis: An Urgent Global Response to a Global Epidemic

Agenda: The UNHLM will include an opening segment, a plenary segment for general discussions, two multi-stakeholder panels and a closing segment. The plenary segment will be held from 11.30am to 1pm and 3 to 5.30pm and two consecutive multi-stakeholder panels will be held in parallel to the plenary segment, one from 11.30am to 1pm and the other from 3 to 4.30pm The panels will focus on a) ‘Accelerating a comprehensive response through access to affordable prevention, diagnosis and treatment and care to end the TB epidemic...’ and 2) ‘Scaling up sufficient and sustainable national and international financing and implementation for service delivery, innovation, and R&D...’

Civil Society Participation: Member states emphasized the participation of civil society throughout the resolution, including agreement to hold a UNHLM Civil Society Hearing in New York, encouraging inclusion of civil society in member state delegations, inclusion of a civil society speaker in the opening segment, and agreement to invite non-ECOSOC accredited organizations to the UNHLM.

We would like to thank our partners, civil society leaders, the UNHLM co-facilitators (Japan and Antigua and Barbuda), and the many others who helped ensure strong outcomes from the Modalities Resolution.

We can now turn our focus towards the next stage of the process - ensuring that Heads of State agree to an ambitious Political Declaration at the HLM with measurable, time bound commitments and a strong accountability mechanism to ensure the meeting puts the world on course to make history and end TB by 2030.

Thank you for your support!

The Stop TB Partnership