Next month, the WHO Executive Board will meet with a lengthy agenda, representing the range of serious health burdens and threats that persist. One challenge stands above the rest: immense global and national health inequities, linked to some 20 million deaths every year (about which more in an upcoming blog). The Executive Board could take a historic step towards health equality by beginning a formal WHO process towards a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), the proposed global treaty to be based in the right to health and aimed at national and global health equality. (For more on the FCGH, see the FCGH platform statement and this briefing paper.) And there is reason to believe it could happen.
The Sustainable Development Goals, on the WHO Executive Board meeting agenda, provide an important entrée for the FCGH. While the SDGs and FCGH would cover some similar ground – such as assurances of universal access to health care, clean water, adequate sanitation, nutritious food, and decent housing – the FCGH could fill in critical SDG governance gaps:
If you believe that the WHO Executive Board should take advantage of this opportunity, I encourage you to sign this petition (https://www.change.org/p/the-time-to-act-is-now-make-the-framework-convent) and to share it through your social media and other networks.
The FCGH is also getting notice from grassroots advocates, bringing nearer reality the long sought after goal of FCGH supporters that the FCGH would be developed through a bottom-up process, and would speak most to the marginalized populations of the world.
Meanwhile, FCGH advocates are ramping up social media efforts. If you see the potential in the FCGH, please connect to, like, and share FCGH social media channels: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/fcghnow), Twitter (@fcghnow; https://twitter.com/fcghnow), and LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/framework-convention-on-global-health-31966110b).
From serving as a key accountability mechanism for the SDGs to helping realize the right to health, the FCGH has truly transformative potential. Perhaps next month members of the WHO Executive Board will recognize its possibilities, and the FCGH will be on its way.
Tags: accountability fcgh Framework Convention on Global Health global governance for health health equity health financing right to health SDGs sustainable development goals universal health coverage WHO WHO Executive Board
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