Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi met Monday on the sidelines of the ongoing 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Tshisekedi is trying to battle internal feuds in his government while using his personal popularity to break former president Joseph Kabila’s grip.

Both leaders were taking part in the UN High-Level Meeting (UN HLM) on Universal Health Coverage under the theme, ‘Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World.’

The United Nations says this is the last chance to mobilise the highest political support to package the entire health agenda under the umbrella of UHC, and sustain health investments in a harmonised manner.

“To do this, it is critical to identify how the political declaration on UHC can add value to these efforts and set milestones towards achieving UHC by 2030,” UN statement says.

For Rwanda’s experience, Dr. Diane Gashumba shared to the Assembly how her government has committed to shorten the walking distance to 25minutes to reach closest clinic. “This will push the agenda to reach UNHC2030. A nurse or midwife will be available to deliver care.”

Gashumba also emphasized the importance of partnerships in capacity development.

Her presentation was guided by “From political commitment to actions”. A topic that translate very well Rwanda’s journey towards Universal Health Coverage under the leadership of President Kagame that has put people at the centre of all interventions.

This UN General Assembly is composed of 193 member states. The platform is one of the six main organs of the UN to discuss and work together on a wide range of international issues covered by the charter of the United Nations, such as development, peace, security, international Law, health and many more.

Every year in September, all the members meet in this unique forum at the headquarters in New York for the General Assembly session.

The Express News

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