ADB, the Government of Japan, and the World Health Organization (WHO) jointly hosted this event, bringing together finance and health ministers to discuss accelerating progress toward universal health coverage in Asia and the Pacific in the new COVID-19 era.

Countries in Asia and the Pacific have made great strides in poverty reduction and economic growth in the last 50 years. However, unfinished development agendas remain, including the need to further improve health outcomes and achieve and sustain universal health coverage. The current COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated problems, resulting in the tragic loss of life, livelihood, and economic progress.

The symposium was held virtually as part of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Governors (2nd Stage). View the full list of webinars and meetings.

The first stage of the 53rd Annual Meeting comprised a reduced-scale meeting of the Board of Governors on 22 May, during which Governors approved ADB’s financial statements and net income allocation in line with ADB institutional requirements.