The Global TB Caucus aims to accelerate progress against the global TB epidemic through targeted actions at the global, regional and national level. Over 2,500 Members of Parliament work to raise the political profile of the disease and enable cross-cutting policies to transform the response to TB.
As parliamentarians, our members play a crucial role in holding governments into account and ensuring that commitments are delivered so the TB epidemic can be eliminated.
At the global level, we work in partnership across countries to target groups such as the G20 with coordinated messaging & calls for action.
Our global work focuses on the G20, on building political momentum around ensuring that the targets set at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB are met, and building TB as a cross-cutting issues into the global health dialog.
The G20 is home to over half of the worlds’ TB burden, and has a critical role to play in determining the future trajectory of the disease.
Since the Global TB Caucus began advocating to the G20, with the support of partners, we have helped ensure that TB was referenced in every G20 Ministers of Health and Heads of State declaration. This language has been pushed by Members of Parliament (MPs) of the Caucus who, in turn, work directly with representatives of the G20 Health Working Group and their national G20 Sherpa offices. The specific language can be found here: Tuberculosis and the G20.
Notably, our Global Co-Chair, the Lord Nick Herbert also took part in the 2nd G20 Health Working Group in 2021 and delivered an address directly to the members of the group.
In 2018, the United Nations General Assembly met to discuss tuberculosis for the first time in history. The High-Level Meeting on TB (HLM TB) gathered Heads of State and Government, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Health and Social Development, with a strong presence of civil society, people affected by the disease, and academia. It resulted in an ambitious Political Declaration, endorsed by Heads of States that, if fully implemented, will transform the TB response, saving millions of lives and putting the world on track to achieving the targets established for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end TB by 2030.
On September 23rd 2020, as we celebrated the two-year anniversary of the UNHLM meeting, the WHO and the Russian Federation hosted a UN virtual side event to discuss how the world can collectively implement the recommendations outlined in the 2020 progress report of the UN Secretary-General on reaching global TB targets and advancing multi-sectoral action to end TB, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event was broadcast on UN TV here.
The Global TB Caucus has four regional networks (Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe), and a linguistic network (Francophone).
These networks bring together parliamentarians from across their regions to learn, share ideas, and agree on joint and individual actions that will enhance the response to TB in their nations and regions.
THE PACIFIC (APC)
& Central Asia
At the national level, our focus is on building groups of parliamentarians to form a National TB Caucus. These national groups are the backbone of our advocacy.
They are supported by local stakeholders and therefore are sustainable. Over time, we are confident that the National TB Caucuses that we have helped build will lead the global fight against TB.