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Joint Statement on Capacity Building in Public Health to Promote the Right to Health
by Ambassador FU Cong on behalf of a Cross-regional Group of States

Joint Statement on Capacity Building in Public Health to Promote the Right to Health

by Ambassador FU Cong on behalf of a Cross-regional Group of States

Item 3 General Debate of HRC31 – 11th March 2016


Mr President,

I have the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of a cross-regional group of 46 countries ( full list annexed).

Health is a fundamental human right indispensable for the exercise of other human rights. Every human being is entitled to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health conducive to living a life in dignity.

Nevertheless, the world is experiencing the continued deleterious impact of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, tuberculosis, malaria and an increasing number of epidemics and health emergencies, as well as non-communicable diseases. In addition, the overall mortality including infant mortality and disease rates are high and need to be reduced. The scale and magnitude of these health conditions place major demands on health resources and capabilities of many countries, in particular developing countries, including the least developed countries, small islands developing states and landlocked developing countries.

Furthermore, we still face all over the globe different forms of discrimination in access to public health. It is time to recognize the need to strengthen national health and social infrastructures to reinforce measures to eliminate discrimination in access to public health, information and education for all people, especially for the most underserved and vulnerable groups.

We welcome the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which highlights the importance of ensuring healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, increasing access to health services through universal health coverage and specifically aiming at ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases by 2030.

Inspired by the ambitious goals set by 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in the health field, and firmly engaged in its full implementation, we call upon all States to take the primary responsibility for strengthening their capacity-building in public health to detect and respond rapidly to outbreaks of major infectious diseases, through the establishment and improvement of effective public health mechanisms, in accordance with the International Health Regulations, including strategies for training, recruitment and retention of sufficient public health personnel, and systems of prevention and of immunization against infectious diseases.

We also call upon the international community to continue to promote cooperation on strengthening the capacity of all countries, in particular strengthening the national health systems of developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks, including through financial and technical support and training of personnel and through access to medicines that are affordable, safe, efficacious and of quality, including generic medicines, biological products, and diagnostics .

And we especially draw attention to the importance of promoting the safety and accessibility of children's medication as contributing to children's right to health, and in this regard, call on all states to develop and implement the appropriate policies.

In this context, we call upon all States to update, as appropriate, national essential medicines list in the light of the recent addition of sections on pain and palliative care medicines to the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines and the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines for Children;

We encourage United Nations agencies, bodies, funds and programmes, in accordance with their respective mandates, to continue to address public health concerns in their development activities and programmes, and to actively support capacity-building in global public health including through the UN lead agency for health and health-care institutions, such as through the provision of technical and other relevant assistance to the developing countries.

Thank you, Mr.President.

The following countries support this joint statement:

Algeria, Angola, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, China, Congo, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Fiji, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Panama, Portugal, Russian Federation, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Vietnam (the final list of countries is updated at 16:00 of 11th March)

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