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.

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FCGH: Addressing Frequently Raised Issues

FCGH IssuesThe Framework Convention on Global Health: Addressing Frequently Raised Issues

May 2016
Issues in this article:
1 The FCGH can build on existing treaties that codify the right to health to better implement rights-based approaches to health;
2 The value of the FCGH as a binding legal instrument;
3 The FCGH could complement other tools to address systematic governance issues;
4 The feasibility of the FCGH;
5 The need for an ambitious treaty;
6 Connections between the FCGH and other international law;
7 The FCGH would add to the current response to global health priorities;
8 The FCGH would build on and relate to existing accountability mechanisms, particularly human rights and SDG accountability mechanisms, and would include measures to help achieve impact at country level;
9 Possible FCGH mechanisms and institutional set-up;
10 Models of treaties that the FCGH could draw from.

The FCGH can build on existing treaties that codify the right to health to better implement rights-based approaches to health.

The FCGH intends to complement and reinforce strategies and tools to implement the right to health, not replace them. The FCGH could open new possibilities to advancing the right to health and speeding its implementation, and by so doing, closing unconscionable gaps in national and global health equity by:

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WHO DG’s highest priority: a Global Treaty on the Right to Health

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

(From The Lancet, 13.10.2016)   The next WHO Director-General faces major challenges:1 operational responsibilities for epidemic response, universal health coverage (UHC), and the rise of non- communicable diseases. Given the vast gap between daunting health challenges and WHO funding, what should be the Director-General’s foremost priority? The answer lies in the organisation’s main constitutional pillar, the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of health. WHO’s next leader should bring human rights to the forefront, ensuring the universal right to health.

A Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH)2— supported by civil society and global leaders3—should become the centrepiece of this endeavour (panel). It 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 catalysing governments to institutionalise the right to health at community through to national levels. It would usher in a new era of global health with justice—vast improvements in health outcomes, equitably distributed.4

National and global systems today suffer from pervasive structural deficiencies, making them incapable of achieving global health with justice. These structures enable inequities to persist, fail to ensure accountability, and permit health and non-health sectors to undermine the right to health.

Vast disparities in wealth and political power leave countries and marginalised populations with far worse health outcomes than in wealthier states and among well-off populations. Income inequality and global threats (eg, climate change, mass migrations) risk worsening disparities. Legal frameworks and social practices perpetuate marginalisation of women, immigrants, indigenous people, and ethnic and sexual minorities. Yet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) do not adequately prioritise marginalised populations. WHO’s new Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors5 fails to empower civil society to effectively participate in the organisation’s governance.

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