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Impact for Action and the 2018 UN-High Level Meeting on TB

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, United Nations, New York
“United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic”


What’s at Stake?

Tuberculosis (TB) is the world’s leading infectious killer, claiming 1.7 million lives every year. Our global progress to fight the disease is off-track and requires serious and dedicated global political leadership. On 26 September 2018, the United Nations (UN) will hold a high-level meeting on TB. The UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on TB is a crucial opportunity to bolster and align world leaders’ commitments to tackling TB. This web page is intended to increase attention to the HLM on TB in Canada and to ensure that civil society is engaged in shaping the direction and impact it will have. 

Global civil society and affected communities are mobilizing to push for ambitious people-centred TB programs and to hold their governments and stakeholders accountable on their commitments.

How is the 2018 HLM on TB relevant to Canadians?
By endorsing the Political Declaration that will emerge from the HLM, Canada will be making commitments to addressing TB within Canada and globally. We can hold our government accountable to these commitments.

5 KEY ASKS: A set of priority actions that must be taken by Heads of State and Governments to accelerate progress and achieve the goal of ending TB. The Key Asks were developed over several months of discussions and consultations with the TB community at large and most stakeholders and partners.  What are the key asks?


“We cannot win the battle against AIDS if we do not also fight TB.” 
– Nelson Mandela


Take ACTION: How Can I Get Involved?

There are a number of ways in which Canadian HIV and TB communities and advocates can get involved in both national and global activities:

Canadian Activities:

  • Take part in our upcoming events
  • Join the Canadian HLM on TB group (more info to come!)

Global Activities:

High-Level Meeting on TB: Outcomes, Statements and Next Steps

2018 Political Declaration on the Fight Against TB, United to End Tuberculosis: An Urgent Global Response to a Global Epidemic

26 September 2018 – The UN General Assembly unanimously adopted the political declaration on TB committing world leaders to accelerate national and collective actions, investments and innovations in fighting the preventable disease.








Official Meeting Coverage and Minutes:

World Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to End Tuberculosis by 2030, as General Assembly Adopts Declaration Outlining Actions for Increased Financing, Treatment Access 26 September 2018 (United Nations)

Civil Society Statement:

In the News…



Canada at the UN HLM on TB:

Power Play: Eliminating tuberculosis in Canada
Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says it’s a stunning fact that many Canadians are unaware of tuberculosis rates in the North.

Upcoming Events:

Policy Dialogue: Tuberculosis and HIV – Meeting the 2030 Goals on TB and TB/HIV Syndemics

Date: 5-6 November, 2018
Location: Ottawa, ON
In November 2018, ICAD, in partnership with RESULT Canada, will host a multi-sectoral policy dialogue. The dialogue will complement global and national activities surrounding the 2018 HLM on TB and ensure that civil society is engaged in shaping Canada’s domestic and global response to commitments made at the HLM on TB. Participants and speakers will include community partners, advocates, people affected by TB/HIV and policy makers. Given the context of TB in Canada, there will be a strong focus on Indigenous health and the health of newcomers, immigrants and refugees.


RECORDING: Civil Society Roundtable with Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund
As the Global Fund prepares for the 2019 Replenishment, Canadian civil society met with Peter Sands, Executive Director of The Global Fund about the Global Fund’s Case for Investment, Canada’s contributions to the Global Fund, and the role of civil society and partners in getting to a fully funded Global Fund.
Date held:
30 January 2019
ICAD, RESULTS Canada, ONE Campaign, GFAN, The Global Fund

WEBINAR RECORDING: The High-Level Meeting on TB: What happened and what’s next for Canada and the World?
In September 2018, the United Nations (UN) held a high-level meeting on TB, a historic opportunity to ensure TB gets on the agenda of the heads of states and governments, and that we get different sectors engaged and accelerate our efforts to put the world on course to ending TB. UN Member States, including Canada, endorsed the Political Declaration on Tuberculosis that emerged from the HLM, reaffirming their commitment to end tuberculosis by 2030. What are the implications of this historic commitment for addressing TB in Canada? For the global community? And most importantly – for the communities most affected by TB?
Date held: 31 October 2018
Hosts: ICAD and RESULTS Canada

  • Mandy Slutsker, ACTION – A global advocacy perspective
  • Shelley Garnham, RESULTS Canada – A Canadian advocacy perspective
  • Nandita Venkatesan (India) A perspective from a person with lived experience

WEBINAR RECORDING: Canada and the High-Level Meeting on TB: Gender matters
Why does gender matter in the fight to end the TB epidemic? How does TB affect women and maternal health? Gender is a key priority for the Canadian government, how can Canada take a leadership role in the TB response? What role does Canadian civil society have to play?
Date held: 10 May 2018
Hosts: ICAD and RESULTS Canada

  • Mandy Slutsker, ACTION Secretariat (United States)
  • Kate O’Brien, Maternal TB Survivor (United States)
  • Amrita Daftary, McGill Academic/Research (Canada)
  • Aluki Kotierk, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated – NTI (Canada)


Stop TB Partnership
The TB Key Asks were developed over several months of discussions and consultations with the TB community at large and most stakeholders and partners. The Key Asks include priority targets under the five key themes:

    1. Reach all people by closing the gaps on TB diagnosis, treatment and prevention;
    2. Transform the TB response to be equitable, rights-based, and people-centered;
    3. Accelerate development of essential new tools to end TB;
    4. Invest the funds necessary to end TB;
    5. Commit to decisive and accountable global leadership, including regular UN reporting and review.

    Policy Brief Series:

    2018 UN High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis


    RESULTS Canada in partnership with ICAD

    Gender is an area often neglected by those seeking
    to end the TB epidemic. While men tend to
    disproportionately contract the disease, TB has a
    significant impact on women worldwide. TB is one
    of the top five leading causes of death among
    women aged 20-59. In Sub-Saharan Africa, where
    the prevalence of HIV is high, TB is the third leading
    cause of death for women.

    2018 UN High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis


    RESULTS Canada in partnership with ICAD

    UN high-level meetings are rare, and there have
    only ever been six dedicated to health issues –
    including two on HIV/AIDS. The HIV/AIDS
    community has a breadth of experience in
    maximizing the impact of these meetings and the TB
    community could greatly benefit from collaboration.

    TB in Canada

    TB Profile – Canada (WHO)

    Tuberculosis country profiles are generated automatically based on data reported by countries and which are held in WHO’s global TB database. Countries can update information at any time via WHO’s TB data collection system (or, for countries in the European region, via the ECDC – WHO/Europe Joint Surveillance system). Therefore data in country profiles may differ slightly from the data available at the time Global Tuberculosis Report was written.


    Global Reports

    WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2017 

    Global efforts to combat tuberculosis (TB) have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 37%, according to the “Global TB Report 2017” released by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. Despite these achievements, the latest picture is grim. TB remains the top infectious killer in 2016. TB is also the main cause of deaths related to antimicrobial resistance and the leading killer of people with HIV. Progress in most countries is stalling and is not fast enough to reach global targets or close persistent gaps in TB care and prevention.

    FACT SHEET: WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2017

    Despite progress and millions of lives saved, global actions and investments fall far short of those needed.

    This fact sheet provides high-level information from the WHO 2017 Global Tuberculosis Report including:
    – an overview of the global TB situation and response,
    – TB financing,
    – research and development and
    – universal health coverage and social protection.


    In the News:


    • It’s Time For The World’s Leaders To Support The Fight Against Tuberculosis 

    • A Historic Chance to End Tuberculosis
      BY LUCICA DITIU and PETER SANDS, THE GLOBAL FUND – By any standard, the 5,000 people who die of TB every day is an unacceptable level of human suffering and economic burden. In September, heads of state have a unique opportunity to raise their game and decisively shift the trajectory of the disease with the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on TB.
    • We Need To Stand On The Shoulders Of The HIV/AIDS Community 
      BY SHELLEY GARNHAM, THE HUFFINGTON POST CANADA – The tuberculosis advocacy community needs to build on their expertise, experience and the lessons they learned.