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United to End Tuberculosis: An Urgent Global Response to a Global Epidemic.
We, Heads of State and Government, and representatives of States and Governments, assembled at the United Nations in New York on 26 September 2018, with a dedicated focus for the first time on the global tuberculosis epidemic, reaffirm our commitment to ending the tuberculosis epidemic globally by 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goals target, commit to ending the epidemic in all countries and pledge to provide leadership and to work together to accelerate our national and global collective actions, investments and innovations urgently to fight this preventable and treatable disease, affirming that tuberculosis, including its drug-resistant forms, is a critical challenge and the leading cause of death from infectious disease, the most common form of antimicrobial resistance globally and the leading cause of death of people living with HIV, and that poverty, gender inequality, vulnerability, discrimination and marginalization exacerbate the risks of contracting tuberculosis and its devastating impacts, including stigma and discrimination at all ages, such that the disease requires a comprehensive response, including one aimed at achieving universal health coverage, and one that addresses the social and economic determinants of the epidemic and that protects and fulfils the human rights and dignity of all people. We therefore:
- Reaffirm the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the resolution to end the tuberculosis epidemic by 2030, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development;
- Further reaffirm the 2016 political declaration of the High-Level Meeting of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) of the General Assembly on antimicrobial resistance, as reflected in its resolution 71/3 of 5 October 2016, the 2016 political declaration on HIV and AIDS, adopted in its resolution 70/266 of 8 June 2016, the 2014 outcome document of the High-Level Meeting of the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development of the General Assembly on the comprehensive review and assessment of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, adopted in its resolution 68/300 of 10 July 2014, and its resolution 72/139 of 12 December 2017, in which the Assembly decided to hold a High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage in 2019 and take note of World Health Assembly resolution 69.2 of 28 May 2016, entitled “Committing to Implementation of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health,” and Human Rights Council resolution 33/11 of 29 September 2016 on preventable mortality and morbidity of children under 5 years of age as a human rights concern, and further reaffirm the World Health Organization End TB Strategy, as approved in World Health Assembly resolution 67.1 of 21 May 2014, and its associated targets;