UN Current Affairs - 2019

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12 December: International Universal Health Coverage Day

Every year 12 December is celebrated as International Universal Health Coverage Day across the world, as an annual rallying point for the growing movement for health for all. The day is promoted by World Health Organization (WHO).

About Universal Health Coverage Day

Objective: To raise awareness of need for strong and resilient health systems and universal health coverage with multi-stakeholder partners.

Why this day? The day marks the anniversary of United Nations’ historic and unanimous endorsement of universal health coverage (UHC) and providing affordable, quality health care in 2012. Later, on 12 December 2017, UN proclaimed 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) by resolution 72/138.

Theme for UHC Day 2019 campaign: ‘Keep the promise.’ The theme has been chosen following the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage on 23 September 2019, where world leaders endorsed the most comprehensive and ambitious political declaration on health in history. This year’s theme seeks to keep leaders, our health systems and ourselves accountable to promise of health for all.

Each year on 12 December, universal health coverage (UHC) advocates raise their voices to share stories of millions of people still waiting for health, champion what world have achieved so far, call on leaders to make bigger and smarter investments in health, as well as encourage diverse groups to make commitments to help move world closer to UHC by 2030.

NOTE: Universal health coverage (UHC) has been included in United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals for year 2015-2030.

Mumbai and Hyderabad included in UNESCO Creative Cities Network

On October 30, 2019, 66 cities were designated by UNESCO as Creative Cities. The cities are named creative based on their mission to place creativity and creative economy at the core of their urban development to make their city safe, inclusive, resilient and sustainable in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal

From India, Hyderabad and Mumbai were included in the list of Creative Cities this year. They were announced on World Cities Day.

Till now the following cities were included in the list for the respective categories

  • Varanasi-Music
  • Chennai-Music
  • Jaipur-Crafts and Folk art

About Creative Cities Network

The network brings together cities that base development on music, arts, music, design, folk crafts, literature, cinema, digital arts or gastronomy. Mumbai was selected based on cinema and Hyderbad was selected based on Gastronomy.

Mumbai for its cinema-centric aura gained the name “City pf Dreams” and Hyderabad known for its Biryani and other food items has gained the name “The Home of Haleem and Biryani”. In 2010, Haleem was honored with the Geographical Indication status and hence became the first meat-based product from India to win the prestigious tag.