Sharing knowhow and joining forces towards Health for All
May 02, 2013

Health in the Post - 2015 Agenda

Health in the Post - 2015 Agenda

Geneva, 2 May 2013, public seminar at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva: The post-2015 development process will be central in shaping the global health agenda and approaches to governance for global health in the decades to come. It will be significantly influenced by the power shifts, contextual drivers and development debates. It will also design the role the UN system will play in the governance of global health and the production of global public goods.

The positioning of health in this process at the United Nations is not yet resolved: Following the thematic consultations carried out by WHO and UNICEF and a high-level dialogue that took place in Botswana in March 2013, three trends are emerging that may help to shape a framework for health goals: Health and development are inextricably linked; an overarching health development goal aiming at “maximising health at all stages of life” is proposed; and finally, accessible and affordable health services for all through a goal on universal health coverage is discussed. Another forward looking suggestion is to relate people’s health to the sustainable development agenda through a vision that links Healthy People with those of a Healthy Planet.

These ongoing discussions prove that the complex nature of health as an input and outcome of development requires a systemic and new approach towards the post-2015 agenda. Will health be best served through ‘separate’ health goals or should it be dealt with as universal goals requiring global collective action? This question is central to this event.

The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for the Geneva diplomatic missions, nongovernmental organisations and other stakeholders to gain knowledge of the results of the thematic consultation, the already made proposals and other possible approaches concerning the post-2015 health agenda and to support the assessment of their respective pros and cons. In this way, the event aims at helping to prepare for the 66th session of the World Health Assembly and its General Debate focussing on health in the post-2015 agenda.

  • Registration is required. For free online registration please click here
  • Download the invitation in pdf.
  • The Global Health Program of the Graduate Institute is a member of Medicus Mundi Switzerland.
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