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Abt staff from all over the world will be in New York City during the High-Level Week of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Details below on where we’ll be at to advance the Sustainable Development Goals, including in health systems strengthening, inclusive economic growth, priorities for Pacific Ocean nations, and the intersection of health and climate.

Ocean Nations: The 3rd Annual Indo-Pacific Islands Dialogue
September 18-19
Hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Moderator and Panelist: Satyendra Prasad, Abt’s Principal Technical Lead, Climate and Localization, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Former Ambassador to the United Nations, Republic of Fiji

Closing Plenary: Beyond Sea Level Rise - Islands in the Climate Conversation
September 18, 4-5 pm

High Level Roundtable on Maritime Security and Seabed Mining
September 19, 9-9:45 AM

The transition away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy has increased demand for mining of precious metals and resources. At the center is the prospect of seabed mining to extract minerals from the ocean floor. What lies ahead for seabed mining in terms of governance, regulations, and impact to the states and the region at large?

High Level Roundtable: Blue Economy and Climate Action
September 19, 11:15 am – 12 pm

As climate change poses pressing existential challenges for island states, what can nations do to build their blue economy? And what climate action must take place to mitigate climate fallout and ensure regional resilience? (Closed-door program; please apply for consideration here.)

Clinton Global Initiative September 2023 Meeting
September 18-19

Examining and exploring solutions to many of today’s most pressing issues, including climate change, health inequities, food insecurity, economic inequality, threats to democracy around the world, and record-breaking refugee displacement.

Credentialed attendee: Nicole Goldin, Global Head, Inclusive Economic Growth and Atlantic Council Senior Fellow

Mobilizing Climate Finance for Sustainable Electrification of Health Facilities
September 21
Hosted by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), in partnership with the Health and Energy Platform of Action (HEPA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Abt-led Health Electrification and Telecommunications Alliance (HETA) under Power Africa.

This closed-door discussion with climate-related donors, DFIs, and relevant partners will take place a day after the Climate Ambition summit and during the UN Climate Week and will discuss key issues related to mobilizing climate finance for sustainable electrification of health facilities.

Joan Chahenza, Acting Project Director, Power Africa Health Electrification and Telecommunications Alliance (HETA)
Godfrey Sanga, Deputy Project Director and Tanzania Chief of Party, HETA
Arun Asok, Strategic Lead, Private Capital and Impact Investing
Matt Clark, Strategic Lead, Private Sector Partnerships, HETA
Jaime Jarvis, Communications Lead, HETA

UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) 2023
September 21
Hosted by the President of the General Assembly, in close consultation with the World Health Organization (WHO)

The meeting aims to mobilize the highest political support for UHC as the cornerstone to achieving SDG 3 (good health and well-being), unite all health stakeholders together under a common theme, and commit to action-oriented goals on UHC for 2030.

Credentialed observer: Kelly Saldana, Vice President, Resilient Health Systems

High-level Meeting on the Fight against Tuberculosis
September 22
Hosted by the President of the General Assembly, in close consultation with the World Health Organization (WHO)

The meeting will include a comprehensive review of progress toward targets set in the 2018 political declaration, and in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Panelist: Jamilya Ismoilova, Chief of Party, USAID Eliminating Tuberculosis in Central Asia (ETICA)

New York City