International Federation of Medical Students' Associations

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Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
11.4 Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Honourable chair and distinguished delegates,

We, the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), support the WHO in promoting a multisectoral and coordinated approach to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. We are deeply driven to work with the WHO to build a generation of young citizens committed to sustainable development.

Today, we highlight three key messages.
Firstly, it is solely through the coordinated efforts of the entirety of the social sectors and multiple disciplines that ¨health for all¨ can become a reality. In a world plaque by weakened health systems, it is impossible to separate SDG3 from all the others, if endeavor to tackle the entirety of the determinants of health.

Secondly, we support current efforts in developing intersectoral initiatives strengthening research. Current fund distribution is poorly aligned with global health needs and low-income countries are burdened with higher barriers to research. Among the most commonly cited barriers are the lack of training, resources, and opportunities. IFMSA has been operating an extensive research exchange program across 82 countries for 28 years, offering institutional partnerships and early career research opportunities. Through this program and more, we are committed to strengthening research for sustainable development.

Finally, we call on all actors to remember that half of the world’s population is under the age of 30, making young people one of society’s most significant demographics. This underscores the importance of including youth representation as a meaningful stakeholder in political decision-making processes regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Youth are not just the future, but also the present. IFMSA commits to work with all partners to ensure that young people are meaningfully engaged in sustainable development actions which positively impact the communities we aim to serve.

Thank you.