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Fight to end tuberculosis


On 26 September 2018, the United Nations General Assembly decided to hold first-ever high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis, under the theme “United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic”. The meeting aims at accelerating efforts in ending TB and reaching all affected people with prevention and care.

Accreditation and Participation

Member States

Member States and Observers are encouraged to participate in the high-level meeting, including the multistakeholder panels, at the highest possible level, preferably at the level of Heads of State and Government, and to consider including in their national delegations representatives such as parliamentarians, mayors and governors of cities and states with a high burden of tuberculosis, representatives of civil society, including non-governmental organizations, indigenous leadership, community organizations and faith-based organizations, academia, philanthropic foundations, the private sector and networks representing people affected by tuberculosis, with due regard to gender equity.

Official delegations and members of the parties of Heads of State or Government, Vice Presidents and Crown Princes or Princesses will be registered by the Protocol and Liaison Service. Missions/offices are required to submit their registration requests by using the online  system “eAccreditation” available through the eDelegate Portal.

The deadline for submission of registration to the high-level meeting is Wednesday, 12 September 2018.

Observers wishing to speak during the plenary segment are kindly requested to inscribe with the list of speakers (Ms. Yasmine Laabas at laabas[at]un.org).

Discussions in the multi-stakeholder panels are intended to be interactive in nature, and there will be no pre-established list of speakers. Time limits for interventions will be two minutes for individual delegations and three minutes for statements made on behalf of a group of States. For planning purposes, Member States are invited to indicate their interest to intervene in one of the panels, including the name and level of the speaker, through the eDelegate Portal from Friday, 31 August, at 10 a.m. EDT, until Wednesday, 12 September, at noon EDT.

PaperSmart Services will be available for the plenary segment. Delegations are kindly requested to submit electronic versions of their statements for posting on the PaperSmart portal to papersmart[at]un.org. The title and the date of the meeting should be indicated in the subject line of the e-mail. Member States and Observers who cannot deliver their statement within the timeframe of the plenary segment may also submit their statement to PaperSmart.

Seating for Member States of the General Assembly will follow the General Assembly seating protocol and will be 1+1 for each delegation.

Access for Member States and Observers

In addition to the UN grounds pass needed to access the UN premises, secondary access cards will be needed to enter the opening, plenary and closing segments and multi- stakeholder panels in Conference Room 4 and the Trusteeship Council Chamber respectively.

For that purpose, every Permanent Mission will be issued two cards for access to Conference Room 4 and two cards for access to the Trusteeship Council Chamber. These secondary access cards, issued by the Protocol and Liaison Service, are transferable amongst members of a delegation.

The secondary access cards for Member States will be distributed by the Protocol and Liaison Service on Thursday, 20 September 2018 between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm in Conference Room B. Thereafter, access cards may be collected in the Protocol Office at Room S-0200 during office hours.

Due to the limited capacity of the conference rooms, delegations of observers of the General Assembly are invited to send an expression of interest to attend the high-level meeting in writing to the General Assembly and ECOSOC Affairs Division (email laabas[at]un.org), from Friday, 31 August to Tuesday 11 September.

For observers, access and seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Pick-up arrangements are the same as for Member States.

UN Representatives

All relevant United Nations system entities, including funds, programmes, specialized agencies, including WHO, regional commissions and relevant envoys of the Secretary-General, as well as the Stop TB Partnership, UNITAID and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria are invited to participate in the high-level meeting.

Specialized agencies, United Nations entities, including funds and programmes are invited to send an expression of interest to attend the high-level meeting to WHO Global TB Programme (gtbprogramme[at]who.int) no later than 31 August 2018.

Access and seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and secondary access cards will be distributed by the Protocol and Liaison Service on Thursday, 20 September 2018 between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm in Conference Room B. Thereafter, access cards may be collected in the Protocol Office at Room S-0200 during office hours.

Civil Society

Accreditation of non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the private sector without ECOSOC consultative status is now closed.

Click here to see the list of accredited organizations.

The registration process for representatives of non-governmental organizations with ECOSOC consultative status and other organizations with special accreditation has been completed via the UN Indico platform. Once the applicant has received a confirmation email, they should expect a further email with details on time and location at which the special event ticket is to be collected.

Due to security restrictions for the High-Level week of the General Assembly, access to the UN will be via the checkpoint at 46th Street and 2nd Avenue. Please note that for security purposes, a government issued photo ID is required

  1. to receive the special events ticket and
  2. to enter the United Nations compound. Participants should arrive one hour prior to the start of the event to ensure enough time for the mandatory airport-standard security screening

Registration of individual participants for the high-level meeting is now open here. Registration will be closed once capacity is reached.

***Please note that only representatives of organizations with ECOSOC consultative status or organizations with special accreditation to attend the high-level meeting will be able to register to attend.***


Media are welcome to cover the high-level meeting and to conduct press encounters, in accordance with the United Nations media accreditation procedure.

The accreditation for the high-level meeting closes on 5 September 2018. The information on press encounters can be found at the Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit (MALU) website, under Media Alert.

For any other media inquiry other than accreditation, please contact the Office of the President of the General Assembly (Ms. Katharina Kandt at kandt[at]un.org).

Regarding accreditation, media accompanying Heads of State or Government or Heads of Delegation, including official photo and video, must request media passes in advance through the eAccreditation system on the e-Delegate portal.

Media members who wish to apply independently should follow the instructions. All members of the media, with valid pass, will be escorted to designated media areas by MALU. Questions or concerns should be directed to MALU at malu[at]un.org or 212-963- 6934. Information on media arrangements during the high-level week can be found here.

Civil Society Hearings

As part of the preparatory process for the high-level meeting, the President of the General Assembly, with the support of the World Health Organization and the Stop TB Partnership, convened an interactive civil society hearing will on 4 June 2018 at the United Nations in New York, as part of the preparatory  process for the UN high-level meeting on tuberculosis (UN HLM). The hearing was requested in the modalities resolution.

The participants provided their vision and recommendations to members of the UN General Assembly for the high-level meeting. The hearing was well attended, with over 400 registrants including representatives of civil society, parliamentarians, non-governmental organizations, academia, medical associations and the private sector, as well as people affected by TB and broader communities.

The summary of the civil society hearing is available here.

Concept note and programme of the civil society hearing are available here.


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