India is deeply committed nationally and globally to achieving all public health goals and providing highest possible standards of healthcare for citizens. Universal Health Coverage is key to the sustainable development goals 2030 (SDG 2030) agenda and to which India is firmly committed, asserted JP Nadda during his address at the 2nd World Conference on Access to Medical Products: Achieving the SDGs 2030. The position paper was released along with the information sharing platform gateway for the South-East Asia Regulatory Network (SEARN) developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, which will promote regulatory and health collaboration among the countries of the south-east Asia region.
The access to medical products and creating an enabling legal and trade environment for public health are critical to achieving the SDG 2030 agenda. These issues require continuous engagement and dialogue. The health ministry with active partnership of other ministries in GoI will move forward in leaps and bounds. India is actively contributing and providing support for the SEARN to guarantee access to high-quality medical products. The main objective of the 2nd World Conference 2018 is to take forward the recommendations from the 1st World Conference 2017 and build on the work done for access to medical products in the context of SDGs (including trade agreements) in line with GPW 13 of WHO, foster new approaches in innovation landscape for medical products and health technologies for accelerating research and innovation, and identify knowledge, information, and policy options on the interface of international trade and health to achieve SDG 2030 goals.