The Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health aims to provide evidence, based on high quality, independent research and analysis, which can be used to inform and impact on political processes that influence global health.
The Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health is a collaborative initiative between the University of Oslo and The Lancet, following the recommendations of The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health, which reported in February 2014. The Commission noted that livelihoods are greatly affected by transnational activities, both in the public and private sector, and that there is a need for independent monitoring of global transactions in several domains (political, economic, trade etc.) which impact negatively on people’s health.
The objective of the Panel is to provide evidence, based on high quality, independent research and analysis, which can be used to inform and impact on political processes that influence global health.
The Panel will focus on selected topics arising out of the Commission Report and publish their findings annually in The Lancet and other international peer-reviewed journals.
The topic of the publications from 2016 was the implications for health and the social determinants of health of trade and investment treaties, agreements and negotiation processes.
The Panel is led by former Commission member, Professor Desmond McNeill at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) at the University of Oslo. A small team of researchers at SUM is supporting the work of the Panel.
The Panel is supported by an Advisory Board, consisting of former Commission members and other experts nominated by the Commission on the basis of their expertise and experience within the areas of global health, development and governance.
Rector Ole Petter Ottersen is heading the Advisory Board, whose members will comment on the Panel’s work and propose future topics. They are also encouraged to act as advocates for the work of the Commission and the Panel.
The Panel will have 2-3 in-person meetings a year to discuss their work.
The first meeting of the Panel took place on the 15-16 of December 2014 in Oslo. At the meeting, the Panel agreed on a proposed mandate and set out the direction for their work in 2015. The second meeting took place on the 14-15 of June 2015 in Durham. The third meeting is took place on the 24-25 of February 2017 in London.
Members of the Panel are independent experts within the areas of global governance, health, trade, law and development. The members have been nominated by the rector of the University of Oslo, and former chair of The Lancet – University of Oslo Commission, Rector Ottersen, in collaboration with the previous members of the Commission.