[WHA68] Statement on Health in Post-2015 Agenda

Statement made on May 20th 2015 during the 68th World Health Assembly on Item 14.2: Health in the post-2015 development agenda

IFMSA welcomes the report A68/14 and underlines the importance for the WHO to ensure this process is a priority in its action plan.

Considering that changing any goals at this point is extremely difficult, we ask the WHO to focus its attention on supporting the development of realistic targets and clear indicators, which will remain a main topic of discussions in the following months.

Considering Goal 3 of the proposed SDG, IFMSA notes the additional work is to be done for the targets to be finalized. We underline the ambitious targets such as eradicating Malaria and AIDS in the next 15 years, which will need the full commitment of WHO.

IFMSA expresses concerns about the risk of health to be siloed in Goal 3, instead of being considered as a transcendent pillar of the SDGs framework. We understand the importance of HiAP to achieve the SDG and the need to recognize health as a driver and outcome of sustainable development, and the underlying importance of the social determinants of health. Cross sectoral targets should be established. Measure progress in health is fundamental to this process, and should not be limited to progress made in Goal 3. 

IFMSA remarks the absence of several important health areas, such as recognizing primary health coverage and the importance of health literacy, patient centered care and patient empowerment. We believe this areas need independent targets.

IFMSA calls for a more active discussion on some of the present targets. As example, the proposed target 3.10.c, continues to underline the need to change from training to education of health workforce. IFMSA favors a change so that this target reflect a global problem, not only one of developing countries.

IFMSA commits to keep being involved in the SDG process, as we were proactively present in previous years event, such as Rio+20 and UN OWGs. This process is one of all of us. As stated in the proposed SDGs, let’s finally ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.


Today, on December 12th, IFMSA celebrates Universal Health Coverage.

12.12.14 is the two-year anniversary of a unanimous United Nations resolution endorsing universal health coverage. Now more than ever, governments and civil society must act. Universal Health Coverage means that every person, everywhere, has access to health care without financial hardship. It is achievable, it is within our reach, and it must happen.

Health is a human right and a cornerstone of sustainable development and global security. Universal health coverage changes the way that health care is financed and delivered – so it is more equitable and more effective. As the world is facing tremendous challenges, such as climate change and the non-communicable diseases epidemic, healthcare delivery needs to be strengthen and accessible to all, as it is at the front line of the solution.

We, IFMSA, welcome and support all the efforts done towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage. We still live in a world where 1.8 million youth die every year from preventable causes; where young people make up nearly half of all new HIV infections and more than 2 million adolescents live with HIV. A world where at least 20% of adolescents will face a mental health problem; where more than 150 million young people smoke cigarettes on a regular basis; where more than 500 young people die every day due to interpersonal violence. A world in which, 1 billion people lack basic health care, and 100 million fall into poverty every year trying to access needed services.

In a world that still fails, we cannot, yet, claim ourselves to be successful. Universal health coverage is possible, and it will happen, but only if we all commit to do more than what we have been doing until today.

So what can you do?
Look at this amazing toolkit: http://universalhealthcoverageday.org/toolkit/ full of great ideas for activities you can do at home and on social media. Take a stand, show your badge, make #healthforall trend, share the word.

Join us in celebrating universal health coverage today.


The Europe and Central Asia Regional Consultation on Post-2015 Development Agenda titled “Perspectives from Europe and Central Asia on the Post-2015 Development Agenda” was a cooperative effort organized and supported by the Turkish government and about a dozen UN entities.

​During the Government Consultations on 7-8 November, participants and delegates from more then 60 countries attended 6 panels under three themes, ‘Equality of Opportunity and Outcome’, ‘Putting Planet and People First’ and ‘Making the New Agenda Work’ and discussed issues including human rights, education, health, population dynamics, migration, decent jobs, social protection and environment as well as how to measure and monitor progress in sustainable development. IFMSA was represented by Anna Rasmussen from Denmark and Ljiljana Lukic from Croatia, continuing our work after the CSO Regional Consultations on 6 November.

​On 7 November IFMSA presented the outcomes of CSO consultations on Gender Equity, Health and Social Protection and Environment and Health to governments, calling for:

•Universal Health Coverage, that is human rights-based
•Health policies address underlying and structural inequalities
•Creating new and strengthening existing policies to meet the health needs of marginalized groups
•Providing universal access to prevention, diagnostics, treatment and care strategies for NCDs, HIV and mental health
•Ensuring sufficient budgetary allocation
•Providing health care providers with non-discriminatory and gender-sensitive training
•Providing comprehensive & integrated package of sexual and reproductive health information & services, that is accessible, affordable, available & of the highest quality
•Recognizing adolescents and young people as rights-holders and recognize their sexuality, ensure access to youth-friendly services
•Targets to eliminate environmental determinants of NCDs

​Another emphasis was on the youth participation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. IFMSA with youth representatives from Major Group for Children & Youth delivered a statement during last day panel „Making the New Agenda Work“ which had strong focus on youth participation. We called for governments to have the courage to champion the ‘controversial’ issues and adopt a human rights-based, holistic and gender-equitable approach to the post-2015 agenda, because the world youth needs leaders that keep promises, champion sexual rights, foster economic justice and leave us a healthy planet while accepting youth as stakeholders and not as a target group. The statement was shared on almost all UNDP national offices and some national delegations Twitter and Facebook Pages. The panel moderator, Olivier Adam, Director UNDP Regional Center, greeted the youth statement, which encouraged Bulgarian delegates to share their experience with Youth Delegate Programme and called all present member states to include youth in their delegations to the UN.

Meeting with Ms. Cihan Sultanoğlu, Chair of the UN Development Group for Europe and Central Asia

​Ms. Cihan Sultanoğlu, Chair of the UN Development Group for Europe and Central Asia, and Regional Director UNDP invited IFMSA and other youth representatives to meet with her to gain insight into youth issue in the region as well as how UNDP on regional and national level contribute to meaningful youth participation. During the open discussion we presented IFMSA’s work with the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Sustainable Development Goals and ICPD and the impact we had in the processes and shared our concerns about regional governments accountability and youth participation on national and international level while Ms. Cihan Sultanoğlu saluted youth organizations’ contribution to dissemination of the World We Want survey and interest in global issues.

We also met with the WHO Europe representatives that thanked IFMSA for advocating for health-in-all-policies and shared ideas on future collaboration.​

The joint CSO statement can be found on: http://tiny.cc/csoconsultations
The youth statement can be found on: http://tiny.cc/hly75w

All the relevant documents on regional CSO consultations as well as governments consultations can be found on:http://www.worldwewant2015.org/EuropeCentralAsia

Anna and Ljiljana