A Framework Convention on Global Health: Health for All, Justice for All

Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 307, No. 19, pp. 2087-2092, 2012

Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 12-066

Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 12-019

7 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2012

See all articles by Lawrence O. Gostin

Lawrence O. Gostin

Georgetown University - Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Date Written: May 16, 2012

Abstract

Health inequalities represent perhaps the most consequential global health challenge and yet they persist despite increased funding and innovative programs. The United Nations is revising the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that will shape the world for many years to come. What would a transformative post-MDG framework for global health justice look like? A global coalition of civil society and academics — the Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health (JALI) — has formed an international campaign to advocate for a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH). Recently endorsed by the UN Secretary-General, the FCGH would reimagine global governance for health, offering a new post-MDG vision. This Special Communication describes the key modalities of an FCGH to illustrate how it would improve health and reduce inequalities. The modalities would include defining national responsibilities for the population’s health; defining international responsibilities for reliable, sustainable funding; setting global health priorities; coordinating fragmented activities; reshaping global governance for health; and providing strong global health leadership through the World Health Organization.

Keywords: global health, health inequalities, global health governance, global health priorities, international health responsibilities

JEL Classification: I18, K00, K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Gostin, Lawrence O., A Framework Convention on Global Health: Health for All, Justice for All (May 16, 2012). Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 307, No. 19, pp. 2087-2092, 2012 ; Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 12-066; Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 12-019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2072457

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