70 Years of Human Rights in Global Health: Drawing on a Contentious Past to Secure a Hopeful Future

The Lancet (VOLUME 392, ISSUE 10165, P2731-2735, DECEMBER 22, 2018)

6 Pages Posted: 23 May 2019

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Lawrence O. Gostin

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

Benjamin Mason Meier

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Rebekah Thomas

World Health Organization

Veronica Magar

World Health Organization

Tedros A. Ghebreyesus

World Health Organization

Date Written: December 9, 2018

Abstract

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted on Dec 10, 1948, established a modern human rights foundation that has become a cornerstone of global health, central to public health policies, programmes, and practices. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of this seminal declaration, we trace the evolution of human rights in global health, linking the past, present, and future of health as a human right. This future remains uncertain. As contemporary challenges imperil continuing advancements, threatening both human rights protections and global health governance, the future will depend, as it has in the past, on sustained political engagement to realise human rights in global health.

Suggested Citation

Gostin, Lawrence O. and Meier, Benjamin Mason and Thomas, Rebekah and Magar, Veronica and Ghebreyesus, Tedros A., 70 Years of Human Rights in Global Health: Drawing on a Contentious Past to Secure a Hopeful Future (December 9, 2018). The Lancet (VOLUME 392, ISSUE 10165, P2731-2735, DECEMBER 22, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3304782

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Rebekah Thomas

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Veronica Magar

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Tedros A. Ghebreyesus

World Health Organization

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