Welcome to the FCGH Library, which we hope will become a hub of information on the Framework Convention on Global Health.
The FCGH Alliance has started to gather materials so that this Library can be an accessible resource for all. To begin with, below are a number of documents (pdf) for download, and hopefully for discussion and sharing with others. We would warmly welcome comments on any of these papers at the bottom of the page. Further documents, presentations, videos and and audio files will be added to the Library in the coming weeks — stay tuned!
FCGH briefing paper (overview) (2017) (pdf)
This briefing paper provides the overall vision of the FCGH, how the FCGH would respond to 4 core failings of national and global governance for health, possible treaty models of treaties and other international frameworks that the FCGH could learn from, and an FCGH call to action, including for a WHO FCGH working group.
Second sign-on letter calling for FCGH support from new WHO Director-General (2017) (pdf)
Dozens of NGOs and global health leaders from around the world call for the new WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros, to establish a WHO FCGH Working Group to explore the potential benefits, principles, and parameters of the FCGH. (September 2016)
First sign-on letter calling for FCGH support from incoming WHO Director-General (2017)
Global health leaders call for the newly appointed WHO Director-General to support the FCGH, pointing to the connections between the FCGH and his priorities, including universal health coverage. (June 2016)
FCGH Key Issues Raised (2016) (pdf)
Much like a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, this document points to a number of key issues that people may be curious about regarding the FCGH, such as the need for a treaty on the right to health when the right is already in international law, the need for a treaty rather than non-binding law, and the mechanisms that the FCGH could include.
Platform for a Framework Convention on Global Health: Realizing the Universal Right to Health (2014) (pdf)
Building on the FCGH Manifesto of 2012, the FCGH Platform launched the FCGH Alliance predecessor — the Platform for an FCGH — explained the need for an FCGH and offered the fundamental principles that would guide its core content.
Health for All: Justice for All (The FCGH Manifesto) (2012) (pdf)
This Manifesto was an early global call to action to join the campaign for the FCGH, laying out the case for the FCGH, rooted in human rights, global health justice, and social justice, and key principles of the FCGH, while calling for communities, civil society, and all people to insist upon the right to health. (2012)
The Next WHO Director-General’s Highest Priority: A Global Treaty on the Human Right to Health (Lancet Global Health, 2016) (pdf)
Global health leaders from around the world make the case for why the right to health and the FCGH should be the highest priority of the incoming (2017) WHO Director-General, who could by “seiz[ing] the potential of the FCGH…..launch a historic effort to align national and global governance for health with human rights, bringing the world closer to global health with justice.”
A Vote for the World’s Health, Absent From the Headlines (DevEx, 2016)
Precious Matsoso, the Director-General of South Africa’s Department of Health, and Mushtaque Chowdhury, Vice Chair of BRAC, make the case for why the FCGH should be a top priority for the incoming (2017) WHO Director-General, including how in a world with nationalist populism on the rise, “Joining together in this treaty would bring countries together in a common venture for global health — and help heal a fractured world.”
An Independent Review and Accountability Mechanism for the Sustainable Development Goals: The Possibilities of a Framework Convention on Global Health (Health and Human Rights Journal, 2016) (pdf)
This article explains how the FCGH “could establish a nuanced, layered, and multi-faceted regime of compliance and accountability to the right to health” and, in the process, “significantly strengthen accountability for the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
Imagining Global Health with Justice: In Defense of the Right to Health (Health Care Analysis, 2015) (pdf)
This article offers core content of the FCGH and points to the tremendous value the FCGH could have in creating a global governance for health founded on the right to health, while mounting a passionate defense against criticisms of founding global governance for health in the right to health. (2015)
Towards a Framework Convention on Global Health: A Transformative Agenda for Global Health Justice (Yale Health Policy, Law, and Ethics, 2013)
Beginning a discussion of the persistence and depth of global health inequities, this Article offers a systematic account of the goals and justifications for the FCGH, its normative foundations, and potential construction of an FCGH, grounded in the human right to health.
A Framework Convention on Global Health: A Catalyst for Justice (WHO Bulletin, 2012) (pdf)
Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, and UNAIDS chief strategist Kent Buse point to the FCGH as a way to “rekindl[e] our common interest in the right to health,” with the potential for the FCGH to be “a catalyst to making justice in global health a common cause.”
Realizing the Universal Right to Health Presentation (pptx)
“This Powerpoint presentation provides an overview of the justification for and key features of the FCGH, as well as how the FCGH could reinforce the Sustainable Development Goals.”
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