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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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A Framework Convention on Global Health: A Catalyst for Justice

Catalyst fo justiceA Framework Convention on Global Health: a catalyst for justice

by Michel Sidibé & Kent Buse

Growing inequalities in wealth, gender and disability, as well as in other areas, constitute a grave and unconscionable affront to our common humanity. A mere decade ago, people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection were suffering the consequences of gross inequity. Treatment was becoming widespread in developed countries, but in the hardest hit, developing country communities, demands for treatment were met with derision and condescension. Africans, they told us, could barely tell time, let alone adhere to complex regimens. Today, more than 6 million Africans receive treatment for HIV infection and acquired immunodefficiency syndrome (AIDS) and global health leaders have begun to look forward to something formerly unimaginable: an AIDS-free generation.1

An unprecedented bottom-up social movement has made this possible.2  Arguing for the human right to health, advocates for patient rights and other advocacy groups campaigned for universal access to treatment, prevention, care and support for people living with HIV. The first high-level United Nations health summit, held in 2001, was devoted to AIDS,3 and successive high-level meetings on HIV/AIDS in 2006 and 2011 have produced political declarations – a form of soft law – setting out ambitious goals.4 Civil society continues to hold world leaders to account, and in 2012 186 countries have reported on progress towards attaining these goals. Such is the power of political mobilization.

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A FCGH – Would it Help Developing Countries to Fulfill their Duties on the Right to Health?

dutiesA FCGH – Would it Help Developing Countries to Fulfill their Duties on the Right to Health? A South African Perspective

Mark Heywood & John Shija, Section 27
September 29, 2010

It is arguable that the delivery of global health has reached an impasse. This is evident not only in unresolved debates that are raging about where to allocate health aid or how to sustain and expand funding for AIDS treatment,1 but also in challenges facing national health systems that are incapable of purely domestic resolution. But there is some irony and much opportunity in this situation. Not only have the last 20 years seen an unprecedented growth in funding for health, mainly through funding for AIDS, but there have also been a range of initiatives and ideas2 that have generated better knowledge not only of the determinants of health,3 but also of how to attain it.4 Scientists, public health experts and activists have created a store of intellectual knowledge, technology and ideas which, if properly and fairly deployed, might provide the opportunity to re-launch tangible progress towards the progressive realization of the right to health on a global scale.It is in this context that Professor Lawrence Gostin and now a growing band of fellow travelers have floated the idea of a Global Framework Convention on Health (FCGH)5. Gostin summarizes the FCGH as:
     A global health governance scheme that incorporates a bottom-up strategy that strives to do the following: build capacity, so that all countries have enduring and effective health systems; set priorities, so that international assistance is directed to meeting basic survival needs; engage stakeholders, so that a wide variety of state and non-state participants can contribute their resources and expertise; coordinate activities, so that programs among the proliferating number of participants operating around the world are harmonized; and evaluate and monitor progress, to ensure that goals are met and promises kept.6

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