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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on TB's co-chairs, Nick Herbert MP and Virendra Sharma MP, have successfully secured a debate in the House of Commons chamber on Thursday 7 June.
The debate, on 'Ending Tuberculosis', was secured through the Backbench Business Committee following a letter to the Prime Minister, signed by over 100 MPs and Peers, asking her to attend the first ever UN High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis during the UN General Assembly in New York this September.
Following the debate, the House of Commons will pass the following motion:
That this House recognises that Tuberculosis (TB) remains the world’s deadliest infectious disease, killing 1.7 million people a year; notes that at the current rate of progress, the world will not reach the Sustainable Development Goal target of ending TB by 2030 for another 160 years; believes that without a major change of pace 28 million people will die needlessly before 2030 at a global economic cost of £700 billion; welcomes the forthcoming UN high-level meeting on TB in New York on 26 September as an unprecedented opportunity to turn the tide against this terrible disease; further notes that the UN General Assembly Resolution encourages all member states to participate in the high-level meeting at the highest possible level, preferably at the level of heads of state and government; and calls on the Government to renew its efforts in the global fight against TB, boost research into new drugs, diagnostics and a vaccine, and for the Prime Minister to attend the UN high-level meeting.
The debate will be live streamed on ParliamentLive.