The 74th session of the UN General Assembly has begun, and as advocates from around the globe stream into New York City, Women Deliver is gearing up make the most of this high-powered gathering.

What makes #UNGA74 unique? This year, it's the five big summits. Below is our take on three of them: the High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage, SDG Progress, and Climate Change.

Gender equality is essential for success across all global development issues and goals, so it's an important time to advocate for girls and women, lift our voices, and take the mic. In addition to joining Women Deliver at the events listed below, we encourage you to contribute virtually, via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Universal Health Coverage


By Susan Papp, Managing Director of Policy & Advocacy at Women Deliver

On 23 September, member states of the UN will hold a High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), to solidify political commitment to achieve “health for all.” To truly deliver on this promise, gender equality and girls’ and women’s health and rights must be front and center — and Women Deliver and partners have been working toward this goal.

The Alliance for Gender Equality and UHC — co-convened by Women Deliver, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Women in Global Health, and comprised of more than 107 organizations from over 47 countries — has led a powerful advocacy effort to include a gender-lens to UHC in the High-Level Meeting Political Declaration and beyond. As is too often the case, the political pushback on women’s rights — particularly sexual and reproductive health and rights — has been fierce and unrelenting.

The Alliance rallied together with governments and others to safeguard references to gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights in the final Political Declaration for the High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage. Following the High-Level Meeting, Alliance members will continue to call for action at the country level to ensure that the needs of girls and women are meaningfully included in the resulting country plans. Widespread commitment to UHC has the potential to drive monumental progress around the world. Women Deliver will be pushing for UN member states to stand firm and commit to fully fund healthcare systems that are responsive to the needs of girls and women. Follow the conversation at #HealthForAll

SDG Summit 2019


By Melissa Garcia, Manager of Deliver for Good Campaign at Women Deliver

The UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Summit (24-25 September) will be the first of its kind since the Agenda was adopted back in 2015. Heads of state, along with the private sector and civil society, will review progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and commit to act in the form of a political declaration and plan of action, called “Acceleration Actions.”

We know progress isn’t where it should be. But we also know how to get results – apply a gender lens. Gender equality cuts across all 17 SDGs and is critical to sustainable development. This is the core principle of the Deliver for Good Campaign, a network of over 400 organizations across sectors and issues who are galvanizing political, programmatic, and financial investment in girls and women to accelerate progress on the SDGs.

In that spirit, the Campaign and Women Deliver stand ready to mobilize around the political declaration and keep girls and women at the center of the agenda. 

 Join our digital advocacy efforts with #SDGSummit and #DeliverForGood

Climate and Gender


By Zahra Sethna, Director of Communications at IISD & Board Member at Women Deliver Canada

Girls and women are particularly affected by climate change — but they are also innovators and catalysts for action in climate change response. That’s why the Climate Action Summit on 23 September will be an important moment in gender equality efforts. The Summit will focus on nine work tracks, led by countries and supported by international organizations. Gender features prominently under the Social and Political drivers track, a coalition led by Peru and Spain and supported by organizations such as UN Women, WHO, and others. 

The coalition is asking countries to commit to supporting women’s leadership and gender-responsive climate actions by: appointing national focal points, establishing quotas for women’s participation in climate decision-making, and raising awareness of gender issues and climate change. They are also asking for dedicated resources to ensure a gender-responsive Paris Agreement. 

With Greta Thunberg in New York and climate strikes planned around the world, climate is likely to feature heavily beyond Monday’s summit. Gender advocates — this is your time too. Raise your voice with #ClimateAction and #ClimateSummit.

Events We'll Be Participating In

Youth Climate Summit

21 September | All Day

The Youth Climate Summit will feature a full-day of programming that brings together young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change-makers who are committed to combating climate change at the pace and scale needed.

Hosted by: UN Secretary-General 

Learn more here

Digital Transformation for UHC 2030

21 September | 12:00-14:00 
Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Ave

Digital Transformation for UHC 2030: An event exploring a new coalition leveraging AI, digital and frontier technology to unlock health for all.

Hosted by:
Fondation Botnar, Joep Lange Institute, Medicus Mudi Switzerland, PATH, PMNCH, Women Deliver

 RSVP here

Launch of Global Action Plan

24 September | 11:30-13:00

A high-level meeting will be held during the United Nations General Assembly to launch “The Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All." The Plan sets out a joint approach pledged by 12 global health, development and humanitarian agencies to better support governments to deliver on their commitments to achieve healthy lives and well-being for all by 2030.

 Follow along with
#2030Agenda and #GlobalGoals

Breaking Barriers: Enabling Gender-Responsive and Equitable Health Systems to Reach UHC

24 September | 08:00-09:30 
Maxwell Hotel, 541 Lexington Ave

The panel will shed light on gender and compounded equity barriers faced by women, men and gender- and sexually- diverse populations and examine how health systems and universal health coverage policies can improve equity.

Hosted by: WHO, Women Deliver

 Follow Livetweet here

Join our World Contraception Day Instagram Chat!

Happening right in the middle of UNGA is one of our favorite holidays... World Contraception Day!

This year, we will be getting real about contraceptive methods, myths, and more. Hear from young people around the globe as they share their experiences, and join the conversation yourself! This highly interactive chat kicks off at 9:30am EST on Instagram Stories, and will continue throughout the day. Mark your calendar and FOLLOW @WOMEN_DELIVER >>

Solve Challenge Finals

22 September | 09:30-19:00
Apella Events Center, 450 E. 29th Street

The event brings together the Solve community with a diverse group of innovators with solutions to Solve's 2019 Global Challenges: Circular Economic, Community-Driven Innovation, Early Childhood Development, and Healthy Cities.

 Watch Livestream here

Global Goals World Cup

25 September | 12:00-20:00
10 Hudson Yards

A global football (soccer) tournament to make the world a better place. Join Women Deliver and others as we play for Goal #5. Alongside matches, panel discussions, and music, we are celebrating how women are uniting around the world.

 RSVP here
Follow along with #GGWCup

Women and Girls, SRHR, and the Road to UHC

24 September | 18:00-19:00

A high-level conversation with Devex senior reporter Adva Saldinger, Executive Director of UNAIDS Gunilla Carlsson, and Katja Iversen, President/CEO of Women Deliver. The conversation will highlight the importance of ensuring women and girls — and their sexual and reproductive health and rights — are included in the path to health care for all.

 RSVP for Livestream here


24-25 September
Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle

Goalkeepers, a yearly event, is dedicated to accelerating progress towards the Global Goals using powerful stories, data, and partnerships. This year, Goalkeepers will focus on the challenge of fighting global inequality to ensure no one is left behind.

Hosted by:
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

 Watch Livestream here
Women Deliver is excited to welcome many Young Leaders, our Humanitarian Advocate partners, and our Deliver for Good partners to New York for UNGA. They, too, will be active and vocal advocates throughout the week, so be on the lookout! We are so grateful for their participation.
For more event listings, please browse the UNGA Guide.

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