Presidents Hollande and Zuma to present the report of the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

On Tuesday, 20 September 2016, H.E. Mr François Hollande, President of France, and H.E. Mr Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, will present the report of the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a side event during the UN General Assembly in New York.

The report will include recommendations for world leaders to ensure that all countries have a health workforce capable of meeting the health needs of the 21st-century, and to enable countries to maximise the economic benefits that health sector employment generates.

The Commission was established by Secretary-General Ban in March 2016, and is being chaired by Presidents Hollande and Zuma, and vice-chaired by the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organisation, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. It aims to inspire action by drawing the attention of the international community to the social and economic benefits of investing in the health workforce, locally and globally.

In addition to statements by Presidents Hollande and Zuma, speakers will include:
Prof Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Dr Joanne Liu, International President, Médecins Sans Frontières
H.E. Mr Alassane Ouattara, President, Côte d’Ivoire
H.E. Ms Erna Solberg, Prime Minister, Norway
Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization
Mr Angel Gurria, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organisation
…and a musical performance by Ms Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Princess of Africa.

Journalists accredited to cover the UNGA are invited to attend the event. Seating for journalists will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Interviews with the commissioners can be arranged following the conclusion of the event. The report and press release can be made available on an embargoed basis.
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in the six official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish).

WHAT:     Launch of the report of the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth

WHEN:     20 September 2016, from 16:00 to 18:00 New York time

WHERE:   Conference Room 3 at UN Headquarters, New York.

For journalists unable to attend, the event will be broadcast on UNTV
The event will also be available for broadcast – via the UN Selenio Multiplex system, which is accessible through Eurovision or AP. Audio is embedded: Channel 1: Floor – Channel 2: English – Channel 3: French – Channel 4: Russian – Channel 5: Spanish – Channel 6: Chinese – Channel 7: Arabic
For all broadcasters who are not planning to carry the event live, there is also the option to request speeches as files from the AV Library, by emailing avlibrary@un.org. File links will be sent in mpeg4 or mov format at the earliest convenience after rendering.