The World Health Organization was founded on the basis of the principle that all people should be able to realize their right to the maximum degree of health that can be achieved.
Therefore, "Health for all" has been the vision that has guided us over more than seven decades. It is also the engine of the current initiative promoted throughout the Organization to help countries move towards universal health coverage (CSU).
Experience has shown us, again and again, that universal health coverage is achieved when there is a firm political determination. Thus, in this year in which it celebrates its 70th anniversary, WHO asks world leaders to respect the commitments they made when they agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, and to commit themselves to take concrete measures to promote the health of all people. This means ensuring that all people, anywhere, can have access to essential and quality health services without having to struggle financially.
The Organization will devote high-level care to the CSU through a series of events organized throughout 2018, which will begin with World Health Day, on April 7, with global and local conversations about how to achieve the goal of health for all.