GA at the UN: The Overall Experience

by Gita Jaffe

I have been asked, what is it like at the meetings? My initial response is that it is a unique experience that I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to attend. Having been engaged in national and regional UN meetings in sub-Saharan Africa some time ago, I can say that the environment and energy is different here.

UNThe process has been intensive with a pre-registration and selection process for each event, multi-step ticketing pick up while in New York and security check points for any event within UNHQ. The streets are often blocked off for security, while motorcades for heads of state and other officials travel to the meetings. Among the champions of mental health the urgency is clear, there is no chance to achieve the SDG without its inclusion. Inside, and particularly at smaller-scale meetings, high level officials UNembrace speaking to champions of UHC. Together we hope to overcome the general lack of focus on behavioural health in order to influence and strengthen the inclusion of mental health and behavioural health services in UHC. #GA4UHC 

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