Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association   |  September 20, 2011

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The global health system is under pressure from many sides. The traditionally influential actors, such as WHO, see their positions as threatened. New actors based in civil society and intergovernmental organisations demand to be heard. In this complex landscape, governance becomes a momentous issue. Here, we will discuss Lawrence Gostin’s idea of an international governance mechanism for global health – a global convention for health – on the basis of an evaluation of this idea undertaken by the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services.

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