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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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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Towards a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH)

Towards our right to healthTowards a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH)

by Lawrence Gostin, Eric Friedman, Kent Buse, Attiya Waris, Moses Mulumba, Mayowa Joel, Lola Dare, Ames Dhaig & Devi Sridhar

Introduction
What will it take to eliminate the gross health inequities that continue to plague the world, the unconscionable health gaps between the rich and poor? The eyes of the global health community are focused on the post-2015 sustainable development goals, with the World Health Organization (WHO) advocating for universal health coverage. Adding healthy life expectancy as an overarching goal would capture the broader determinants of health and offer a richer integration of multiple sectors.1 Beyond improving health, the United Nations (UN) should focus on equity, human rights, inclusive participation and accountability.2  The stage is set for the post-2015 agenda to embrace global health with justice – improving healthy lives for everyone, with particular attention to marginalized communities.

The sustainable development agenda, however, cannot achieve global health with justice without robust global governance. We urge adoption of a legally binding global health treaty – a framework convention on global health grounded in the right to health. What are the purposes and content of a framework convention and how can such a treaty help to achieve global health with justice? And what steps need to be taken to galvanize support for its adoption and implementation? This perspectives paper seeks to spark international dialogue on a framework convention on global health and to explore the pathways to- wards a global health treaty.

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