Leave no-one behind: turning political commitment on UHC into action for adolescent health

Meeting Organizer

Plan International UK

NCD Child

NCD Alliance

Jennifer Williams

Contact Person : Jennifer Williams,

28 January 2020
09:00 - 12:30 hrs.
Venue : Lotus Suite 6

Open to All Participants


Multi-stakeholder engagement and accountability: how can the HLM political declaration and Global Action Plan accelerate progress towards SDG3 for adolescents? There are many NCD, mental health and adolescent health related commitments that have been made at the global level and that national governments have committed to take forward. These include, along with SDG 3.4, the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health 2016-2030 and the commitments made within the High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage in September 2019. However, there is an ‘implementation gap’ in many countries with commitments and strategies agreed to in New York not translating to the national and local levels. Civil society and other stakeholders, including international agencies, young leaders, the media and the private sector, have a crucial role in holding governments to account through raising awareness of the commitments made at the national level and tracking progress towards them on a regular basis. This side event will bring together a range of stakeholders to discuss how to improve accountability for the wide range of commitments around adolescent health to ensure that these targets translate to real change for young people.


- Develop a clear picture and consensus of the key global and regional commitments around adolescent health and how progress towards these is being tracked. - Discuss and suggest accountability mechanisms for holding governments to account for commitments made in the Universal Health Coverage High Level Meeting political declaration, and how the global action plan for healthy lives and well-being for all, launched by WHO and 12 partner organisations, alongside the High Level Meeting can better support countries to accelerate progress to achieve the health-related Sustainable Development Goal targets. - Share learning for how civil society, and partner stakeholders including young leaders, media and the private sector, can hold governments to account for the range of commitments made. Examples of successful advocacy and commitments tracking will be shared alongside challenges faced.