Key Ask 5: Commit to decisive and accountable leadership

The first ever United Nations High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Tuberculosis (TB) will convene in New York on 26 September. The theme is United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic. The meeting must generate action urgently needed to End TB. The Union is advocating for priority actions countries should implement.

The HLM will produce a political declaration on TB. The Union calls on UN member states to include five commitments within the declaration.

Key Ask 5: Commit to decisive and accountable leadership

The Union calls on UN member states to commit to decisive and accountable global leadership, including regular UN reporting and review. Specifically:

  • Convene a follow-up UN High Level Meeting on TB in 2023 and every five years thereafter, until the End TB target is met, with the UN Secretary General delivering an annual report to Heads of State and Government at the UN General Assembly to review progress toward achieving political declaration commitments.
  • Add TB as a regular item on the agenda of regional Heads of State and Government meetings and mechanisms from 2019 to analyse and review results and address gaps and challenges.
  • Commit to evidence-based multisectoral actions to operationalise these commitments, involving all appropriate ministries.

How The Union is backing commitment to decisive and accountable leadership:

In 2014 The Union and the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on TB co-organised the first Global TB Summit in over 100 years. It was held in Barcelona, Spain, in conjunction with the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health. The parliamentarians who attended from around the world launched the Barcelona Declaration – a powerful call to action for political leadership to secure an end to TB within a generation.

This meeting led to the foundation of the Global TB Caucus, which has since met and united parliamentarians from around the world each year.

The Union continues to be a driving force for efforts to end TB globally.

Photo shows Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health for South Africa and the Chair of the Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board; Nick Herbert MP and Chair of the Global TB Caucus; Dr Eric Goosby, UN Special Envoy for TB at the Global TB Summit in Cape Town.