WEBCAST High-level Event | The Challenge of a Lifetime: Ensuring Universal Access to COVID-19 Health Technologies

Date & Time: 
Friday, September 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am
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About the event 

Watch the webcast here.

The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated that ensuring the right to health of all citizens in all countries is a matter of utmost urgency, and that no one will be safe until everyone is safe. The pandemic knows no borders, and can only be tackled through an unprecedented effort of global solidarity and international cooperation. The impacts of the pandemic, however, are not felt equally across and within societies, and particular attention must be paid to leave no one behind in the response and recovery.
The high-level event will highlight the vision and status of the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP), discuss ongoing research and development for COVID-19 tools, and issue a call to member states, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, and other key stakeholders to endorse the “Solidarity Call to Action” to ensure the open knowledge exchange needed to develop the appropriate health tools to combat COVID-19—including universal access to a vaccine.

Hosted by

  • H.E. Mr. Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica
Co-sponsored by the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and CIC/Pathfinders 

Featured Speakers

  • H.E. Mr. Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland
  • H.E. Ms. Retno Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia
  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization
  • Ms. Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, UNAIDS
  • Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, Global Director for Health, Nutritionand Population, World Bank
  • With representatives of UN member states and civil society

Moderated by

  • Ms. Sarah Cliffe, Director of the NYU Center on International Cooperation
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. (EDT) on Friday, September 25, 2020






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