From global health governance to global governance for health
Global health governance describes when health organizations, such as the World Health Organization, hold the policy reins. The existence of too many global bodies often with too little authority and frequently with competing policy agendas is giving rise to gridlock in global health governance. At the same time, there are calls to expand this conceptualization to embrace global governance for health, where greater efforts are made to insert health priorities into the decision-making of non-health bodies such as the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and other United Nations or international policy forums. The recently minted concept of global health diplomacy describes efforts to understand, and to encourage, greater government engagement with health issues in their international relations and foreign policy decision-making. Although such decision-making is often challenged by competing government goals or interests, the Sustainable Development Goals could be used as an anchor to create stronger global governance for health.
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