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09.15.2020

UNGA Guide 2020: 6 Global Health Events to Attend

For the first time in 75 years, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will be held virtually. Kicking off on Tuesday, September 15, the 75th UN General Assembly has organized high-level events that span over three weeks, with a variety of ways for viewers to engage and follow along.

In light of the global pandemic, the UN General Assembly will aim to generate renewed support for global cooperation. This year’s unprecedented virtual format will cover key issues including COVID-19 global collaboration, gender inequalities, climate change, and the Sustainable Development Goals. Discussions are likely to focus on mobilizing greater resources for global COVID-19 response efforts and calls for equitable access to vaccines, tests, and treatments when they become available.

Here are just a few virtual UNGA global health events to put on your calendar. You can follow all the General Assembly meetings LIVE, on demand, or check out the UN Foundation’s full guide to UNGA.

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UNGA Global Health Events to Attend

Event Descriptions

Avoiding Barrier to Access for a COVID-19 Vaccine

September 16, 2020
8:00 AM  – 9:00 AM EDT

Hosted by Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health International Vaccine Access Center. Leaders and scientists in the international vaccine field will discuss the barriers to vaccine access and the role the international community will play in promoting COVID-19 vaccine access equity.

Seizing the Moment: Providing Faster Access to Quality Medical Products During COVID-19 and Beyond

September 17, 2020
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT

Hosted by MSH and Deloitte. This will be a conversation on how countries can respond to disruptions, maintain essential services, and prevent future pandemics.

SDG Media Zone

September 17-29, 2020

Hosted by the UN Department of Global Communications in collaboration with media partners around the world, featured interviews in the Media Zone will examine critical issues of our time, including vaccines, gender equality, and the urgent need to protect biodiversity under the theme “Science, Solutions, and Solidarity to Transform our World.”

COVID 50/50 Action Lab 2: Women, Leadership, & Power (September 24, 2020)

September 24, 2020

In partnership with the Johnson and Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation, Women in Global Health (WGH) are producing a series of Women, Leadership, and Power digital Action Labs to highlight women’s contribution during the COVID-19 global pandemic. This lab will address providing health workers, most of whom are women, with safe and decent working conditions. As demands for health care rise due to COVID-19, existing challenges are exacerbated and new pressures for health and social care workers are created worldwide.

Global Goals Week

September 18-26, 2020
9 am- 10:30 EST

Global Goals Week will focus on making this year a turning point to recover better for people and planet, as COVID-19 threatens to reverse decades of progress. A coalition of 100+ partners will mobilize to cultivate ideas, identify solutions, and hold leaders accountable. Immunization goals fall specifically under Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Accelerating the End of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Taking New Solutions to Scale and Making Them Equitably Accessible, to Save Lives, Protect Health Systems and Restart the Global Economy

September 30, 2020
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM EDT

Hosted by Secretary-General António Guterres, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and the World Health Organization. The event will showcase the progress and global collaboration to ensure equitable access to new COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines through the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator and its COVAX Global Vaccines Facility.

  • Sydney Bonds is the Communications Intern for Shot@Life. She attends University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she studies Health Policy and Public Health. Sydney supports the Shot@Life communication team on our website, and on our social media channels.