The next WHO Director-General’s highest priority: a Global Treaty on the Human Right to Health

by Lawrence O Gostin, Eric A Friedman, Paulo Buss et al.
The Lancet Global Health, Vol. 4, No. 12, e890–e892, December 2016

3 pp. 46 kB

Amidst the many challenges facing the next WHO Director-General, the new WHO head should find WHO’s foremost priority in its most important constitutional pillar: the right to health. The centrepiece of this endeavour should be leadership on the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), the proposed global treaty based in the right to health and aimed at national and global health equity. The treaty would reform global governance for health to enhance accountability, transparency, and civil society participation and protect the right to health in trade, investment, climate change, and other international regimes, while catalyzing governments to institutionalize the right to health at community through to national levels.

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