71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) - Health in the Context of Migration and Forced Displacement Side Event

19–23 September 2016, New York, United States of America

The 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly takes place from 19-23 September 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. On 19 September, heads of states and governments from 193 Member States convene at the UNGA high-level meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants. On 22 September, a side event organized by the Governments of Italy and Sri Lanka, IOM, UNHCR and WHO addresses in particular the issue of health in the context of migration and forced displacement.

This side event aims to raise awareness and bring attention to the urgent question of the health of migrants and refugees, which has, up to now, been insufficiently addressed in multi-sector platforms. The event will also facilitate the sharing of current perspectives and good practices, as well as emphasize the shared responsibility of promoting the health of migrants and refugees. This is necessary for achieving universal health coverage for all, regardless of status, the management of safe, orderly and regular migration and the provision of asylum. These achievements are in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, in particular goals 3.8 and 10.7 to ensure healthy lives for all and to leave no-one behind.