Come Have A Seat At The Table

Executive Committee
The FCGH Alliance Executive Committee (Partial)

Come have a seat at the table of the Executive Committee of the FCGH Alliance.

The Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) is a proposed international treaty, rooted in the right to health, that has been developed by leading health and law experts over the last decade. To advance from an innovative idea to a legally-binding instrument that enables real improvements to the lives of billions of people around the world, a non-profit NGO has recently been created under Swiss civil law. Driven by a diverse and dynamic membership, united for global health justice, the new FCGH Alliance is now activating. You are welcome to participate, meaningfully.

The supreme authority of the FCGH Alliance rests with its General Assembly, comprised of all Alliance members. The day-to-day governing functions and decision-making of the Alliance is delegated to an Executive Committee, whose members and officers are elected by the entire Alliance membership. Executive Committee members come from all over the world and from many walks of life.

The Alliance has committed itself to an Executive Committee that is geographically diverse and, critically, includes people from marginalized communities and with life-threatening disabilities or diseases. The Alliance endeavors to incorporate into its governance and overall operations the right to heath demand of people’s participation, most urgently of people from marginalized communities whose realities are furthest from those promised by the right to health.

If you are interested in participating meaningfully in the FCGH Alliance by ‘having a seat at the table’ of the Executive Committee, contact us right away. There are just a few seats still available at present.

Meet the Executive Committee members

Health for All: Justice for All – FCGH Manifesto 2012

Towards Health JusticeHealth for All: Justice for All
A Global Campaign for a Framework Convention on Global Health
(The FCGH Manifesto 2012)

• Vast inequalities in health between richer and poorer countries and within countries result in nearly 20 million avoidable deaths every year— and have for the past two decades. This represents 1 in every 3 deaths in the world. This social injustice is an assault on our values and shared humanity.

• These deaths are not sterile statistics. They are human lives extinguished. They are the anguish of a woman who dies in childbirth and her family’s grief, the pain of the sick child who suffers before dying young, the daily risks of the worker with no protection in the workplace, the constant struggle of the family without a toilet, running water, or enough food. And for millions, the cost of a life-saving surgery or medication may be a lifetime of poverty and debt.

• We insist on Health for All and Justice for All. We affirm that everyone has the right to the highest standard of physical and mental health. Achieving this human right demands committed governments, a powerful civil society, universal social protection, solidarity among people all over the world, and resources that exist but are denied to the poor.

The world fails nearly 20 million people every year, and fails billions more people whose lives are shattered by want and deprivation. To address at least a part of this injustice, we are launching a global campaign grounded in the human right to health, where governments assure the conditions in which everyone can be healthy.

Recognizing the strength of existing international law, yet how hard it is to utilize by the people who most need to assert their rights, we are calling for a Framework Convention on Global Health to give true force to international law and extend its reach into the communities where we live, to create the conditions for health and wellbeing for everyone.

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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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