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
Date Written: November 15, 2015
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)
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