On the invitation of the Government of India, a delegate of health professionals led by the Hon’ble Health Minister, Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo is currently in New Delhi to attend the “Third World Conference on Access to Medical Products: Achieving the SDGs 2030” from 19-21 November 2019.
During the inaugural session, Lyonpo was invited to make a symbolic plantation of a tree to express the region’s solidarity and concern on climate change and its impact on health.
The meeting is being attended by the Indian Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and health ministers from the 36 states of India, global health leaders including the Regional Director for WHO SEARO represented by Dr. Pem Namgyal.
Hon’ble Minister, in her inaugural address highlighted, the importance of placing access to medical product at the centre stage and as a critical element in achieving Universal Health Coverage and the Agenda 2030 goals, in the global effort to “Leave No One Behind”. Her Excellency also mentioned on the need to broaden the range of discussion and include deliberation on Anti-Microbial Resistance, while enhancing access to quality medicines and medical products.
Her Excellency also made a special address during the first Plenary Session where special gratitude was expressed for the wisdom of our monarch in all our health achievement and the progressive social policies and strong leadership in health governance. The role of WHO and GoI was also appreciated for placing a timely agenda at a global forum.
Her Excellency will meet the Indian Health Minister to discuss on areas of mutual interest in the matters of health and to reinforce our strong bond and unique relationship with India.
The conference has also invited Her Excellency to make the closing address.