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António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) to the World Health Assembly
21 May 2018 -  Video message by H.E. Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, to the WHO Assembly.
I am pleased to address this 71st session of the World Health Assembly.
The World Health Organization was founded 70 years ago on the principle that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being”.
This is as true today as it was in 1948.
Indeed, we will only achieve the Sustainable Development Goals if people have equitable access to quality health care and services.
This means everyone, everywhere.
Our efforts must be focused on promoting and investing in health and well-being more comprehensively.
I am encouraged to see your focus on universal health coverage.
We need strong resilient systems that place people at the center.
Universal health coverage provides the foundation to help us overcome the inequities that continue to leave so many behind.
I look forward to working with you to ensure a healthy sustainable future for all.
Thank you.