Turning the Right to Health into Reality

Alliance is bornThe Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) Alliance: Turning the Right to Health into the Lived Reality for Everyone

December 10, 2017
Today, Human Rights Day, witnessed the birth of a new organization committed to using the law to turn the right to health into the lived reality for all people, everywhere: The Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) Alliance.

The FCGH Alliance formalizes and creates new potential for an existing network of organizations and individuals already advocating for the FCGH and holds the promise of engaging many more in the pursuit of the FCGH.

The FCGH Alliance, a Geneva-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) that will operate as a global network, aims to secure the FCGH, a proposed global treaty based on human rights and aimed at national and global health equality that would respond to some of the most pressing problems of national and global health governance by increasing accountability, equity, participation, financing, and health in all policies at community, national, and global levels.

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Join the FCGH Alliance

FCGH Alliance AimsA few dozen individuals and organizations from around the world have come together to establish a new NGO, the Framework Convention on Global Health Alliance (FCGH Alliance) to make the right to health a reality for everyone. Below are the statutes or articles that will guide the Alliance forward. Membership in the NGO is open to all that agree with these articles. Join the FCGH Alliance — we warmly welcome your participation — contact us
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Framework Convention on Global Health Alliance
Articles of Association

Name, Headquarters, and Duration
Article 1
The Framework Convention on Global Health Alliance (“Association”) is a non-profit association governed by Articles 60 to 79 of the Swiss Civil Code and by the present Articles of Association. It is neutral politically, non-denominational and acts in the public interest.

Article 2
The Association’s headquarters is located in Geneva, Switzerland. The headquarters can be changed by a decision of the General Assembly. The Association shall be of unlimited duration.

Aims
Article 3
The Association shall pursue the following aims:
— A. To support the development, adoption, ratification, and implementation of the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) as a legally binding global health treaty based on the right to health, aimed at closing national and global health inequities.
— B. To galvanize the participation of a broad alliance of individuals and local, national or international organizations to support the advancement of the FCGH.
— C. To further the realization of the universal right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

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Towards a FCGH: A Transformative Agenda for Global Health Justice

FCGHTowards a Framework Convention on Global Health: A Transformative Agenda for Global Health Justice *

Lawrence O. Gostin** & Eric A. Friedman***

ABSTRACT:
Global health inequities cause nearly 20 million deaths annually, mostly among the world’s poor. Yet international law currently does little to reduce the massive inequalities that underlie these deaths. This Article offers the first systematic account of the goals and justifications, normative foundations, and potential construction of a proposed new global health treaty, a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), grounded in the human right to health. Already endorsed by the United Nations Secretary-General, the FCGH would reimagine global governance for health, offering a new, post-Millennium Development Goals vision. A global coalition of civil society and academics has formed the Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health (JALI) to advance the FCGH.

* Professor Lawrence 0. Gostin and Mr. Eric A. Friedman are members of the Steering Committee of the Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health (JALI). JALI is an international campaign, comprised of civil society and academic leaders, from the global South and North, dedicated to establishing a Framework Convention on Global Health. This framework convention would serve as a historic, innovative treaty on global health equity. This Article offers the first detailed account of the treaty’s mission, norms, and processes, together with a systematic justification for a radically new form of global governance for health.

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