Rights Language in the Sustainable Development Agenda: Has Right to Health Discourse and Norms Shaped Health Goals?

Int J Health Policy Manag. 2015;4(12):799–804. doi:10.15171/ijhpm.2015.171

6 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2015

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Lisa Forman

Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; University of Toronto

Gorik Ooms

Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM)

Claire Brolan

School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Date Written: November 15, 2015

Abstract

While the right to health is increasingly referenced in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) discussions, its contribution to global health and development remains subject to considerable debate. This hypothesis explores the potential influence of the right to health on the formulation of health goals in 4 major SDG reports. We analyse these reports through a social constructivist lens which views the use of rights rhetoric as an important indicator of the extent to which a norm is being adopted and/or internalized. Our analysis seeks to assess the influence of this language on goals chosen, and to consider accordingly the potential for rights discourse to promote more equitable global health policy in the future.

Keywords: Right to Health; Global Health Policy; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Suggested Citation

Forman, Lisa and Forman, Lisa and Ooms, Gorik and Brolan, Claire, Rights Language in the Sustainable Development Agenda: Has Right to Health Discourse and Norms Shaped Health Goals? (November 15, 2015). Int J Health Policy Manag. 2015;4(12):799–804. doi:10.15171/ijhpm.2015.171, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2691571

Lisa Forman (Contact Author)

Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto ( email )

155 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3M7
Canada

University of Toronto ( email )

155 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3M7
Canada

Gorik Ooms

Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) ( email )

Antwerp
Belgium

Claire Brolan

School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia ( email )

Level 2, Public Health Building
Herston Road
Brisbane, QLD 4006
Australia

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