United Nations


IAPB’s work at the United Nations (UN) involves advancing the issue of eye health within wider global commitments and targets, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our activities span from monitoring and influencing the policies of UN agencies; leading advocacy campaigns to raise the profile of eye health at the UN; and disseminating knowledge among UN Ambassadors and policy makers.

UN Friends of Vision

The Friends of Vision group of UN Member States aims to advance the issue of eye health within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, to raise its profile on the international agenda, and to share knowledge from the sector with and among Member States.

The group consists of country representatives, including at Ambassador level, from more than 50 countries. It has developed a strong and credible voice in UN political processes. For instance, it has successfully advocated for the inclusion of eye health within a UN Declaration – the first for eye health.

UN Vision Screening - Nov 21, 2019

Accelerating eye health within the larger movement towards the Sustainable Development GoalsFriends of Vision Meeting at the HLPF
Accelerating eye health within the larger movement towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Launch of the Friends of Vision GroupLaunch of the Friends of Vision Group

First meeting of the UN Friends of Vision group

Photo credits: The UN Friends of Vision side-event at the High Level Political Forum

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