One commonality of the delegates that I had the opportunity to listen to, was their support of universal health care. This was interesting to me as I reflected upon our own country of the United States. We definitely have a different system in comparison to the rest of the world but are we willing to change or re-interpret the definition of universal healthcare? Looking to the politics back home, we can see that the Affordable Care Act has brought about a large amount of debate and conflict so it makes me wonder if a health system transition is possible. I found myself sitting amongst the American delegation yesterday evening during my Clean cookstove meeting but unfortunately did not get a chance to speak with them. I was a little disappointed when they left a little early, so my approach, that I’ll admit I had been planning throughout the session, went to waste. I wonder what their thoughts are about the priorities of the WHO and what we as a country will take back from the Assembly. I shall find them yet.
The first plenary session today began with the continuation of the statements from a number of countries. I enjoyed this formal tradition of the Assembly because I do believe that this chance, albeit short, allows each country to present their concerns and also share their successes and knowledge. I really believe that with a more and more interactive global community, times such as these are the great opportunities to understand and educate ourselves about the background, concerns, and reasoning of our neighbors.