Representation at the United Nations General Assembly

Students for Global Health has been represented at the UNGA in New York, along with all other International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations National Member Organisations!
In this video IFMSA President-elect Batool Wahdani spoke on behalf of all youth organisations about the launch of the UN Youth Strategy, sitting on a panel with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, UN Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake and President of Rwanda and chair of the African Union Paul Kagame.
I would implore everyone to take the time to watch Batool’s speech in this video, skip ahead to 2:10.
Follow the IFMSA on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with what the IFMSA is doing at this year’s UNGA!
See below to find out more about the IFMSA’s participation in UNGA 2018
“This year, our participation in UNGA is of high importance due to the high level meetings happening that are related to our priorities which are TB, NCDs and Human Rights and Peace.
One of our main reasons for attendance is meeting and collaborating with partners, which can be carried out after months of preparations by the responsible officials. The delegation includes
• Batool Wahdani, Vice President for External Affairs and President Elect (Head of Delegation)
• Marian Sedlak, Liaison Officer for Human Rights and Peace Issues and President for External Affairs Elect
• Sanne de Wit, Liaison Officer for Public Health Issues
• Katerina Dima, Liaison Officer for Medical Education Issues
• Jonne Juntura, Liaison Officer to Student Organizations
• Teodor Bildaru, Liaison Officer to Student Organizations Elect
• Hiba Ghandour, Liaison Officer for Human Rights and Peace Issues Elect
Objective of IFMSA’s participation in the UNGA 2018:
• Advocate for IFMSA priorities within the two high level meeting related to health (NCDs and TB).
• Emphasize the importance of meaningful youth participation in UN processes by actively participating in the Launch of UN Youth Strategy.
• Continuing and strengthening existing partnerships, and build new ones.
• Support the establishment of youth engagement platforms in WHO through participation in the discussions that will be held in UNGA side events.
• Outshow our commitment toward the UHC and PHC global movements and collaborate with UHC2030 in the high level event during UNGA”


Publication in Medical Students International

SfGH member and South-East Regional Coordinator, Caitlin Pley, has had an article published in Medical Students International, the journal of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations! Turn to pages 20-22 to read Caitlin’s article on the Loneliness Epidemic and how chronic loneliness can be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day!

The Medical Student International (MSI) is a biannual magazine that focuses on global health perspectives brought by medical students worldwide. It is published both in print and online at each General Assembly (March Meeting and August Meeting). The thematic section of each MSI aligns with the one of its respective meeting, as decided by the Federation.