Endorse the FCGH Platform Statement at the New FCGH Platform Website

The FCGH platform recently launched its own website. Please have a look. The FCGH platform statement is also now open for endorsement. We encourage you to endorse the statement, and spread the word.

Also through the FCGH platform, to enable the bottom-up processes and broad support that an FCGH requires and JALI has always envisioned, we are working with partners to develop national FCGH platforms. This may be their own entities or integrated into existing national-level health coalitions. To learn more, you can read this description of the national platforms. And if you are interested in being involved, please contact your regional coordinator(s) as listed at the end of this description, or contact info@globalhealthtreaty.org.


Platform for a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) Launches; JALI Role Evolves

We are pleased to report a new stage in the initiative to secure a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), a global health treaty based on the right to health and aimed at national and global health equity. As more partners have come on board, and to enable the continued broadening of civil society and other stakeholders, an inclusive international Platform for an FCGH has now been launched to assume leadership on the FCGH. The principles underlying the Platform are in a revised version of the Framework for an FCGH, the "Platform for a Framework Convention on Global Health: Realizing the Universal Right to Health".

The Platform will include greater opportunity for participation, with hubs planned in all regions of the world, and national platforms to engage the FCGH process, from providing input into an FCGH to working within countries to build support and advocate for the treaty. The Platform documents include contact information for each region to learn more and get involved. The ad hoc initial global steering committee for the FCGH Platform is available here.

JALI, meanwhile, will remain involved in our FCGH work, as a member of the Platform and as one -- among many others, we hope -- contributors of ideas for content of the FCGH. In addition, we will now expand our focus beyond the FCGH. JALI will work to incubate, analyze, and promote a progressive vision of the right to health, as captured in the FCGH Manifesto and Platform, including by helping define specific responsibilities under this right and the governance structures, policies, and mechanisms that could effectuate them.

You can find here more information on the launch of the FCGH Platform and the evolving role of JALI. We hope that you will remain -- or become -- involved in the FCGH through the Platform.

About JALI

The Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health (JALI) seeks to achieve a global health treaty -- a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) -- that would be based in the human right to health and designed to meet the needs of the world's least healthy people and close unconscionable health gaps between the global rich and poor. Achieving a Framework Convention on Global Health will need the support of health and justice social movements around the world, even as the FCGH could greatly advance their efforts to secure the human right to health.


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Research Questions

At the core of JALI research agenda is answering the following four questions:

  1. What are the services and goods guaranteed to every human being under the human right to health?
  2. What are the responsibilities of all states for the health of their own populations?
  3. What is the responsibility of all countries to ensure the health of the world’s population?
  4. What kind of global health governance is needed to ensure that all states live up to their mutual responsibilities?
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