Global Governance for Health - Post 2015
Will Ebola change the game? How should we combat antimicrobial resistance? What are the challenges ahead when it comes to food security?
These are just a few of the pressing questions that will be addressed at the upcoming meeting on global health, on February 23, 2016. The meeting is arranged jointly by the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services and will follow up the report of the Lancet-UiO –Commission on Global Health.
The newly adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the starting point of discussion on how the changing nature of global governance affects global health. I believe we all realize that the challenges we face are so fundamental and complex that they cannot possibly be addressed within the health sector, by technical measures, or at the national level alone, but require global political solutions. Thus, there is an urgent need to come up with new ideas as to how global health challenges best can be addressed in an increasingly complex governance landscape.
We currently see the emergence of new initiatives, partnerships, agreements and regimes in which non-state actors with varying sources of power, legitimacy and authority play an increasingly significant role. What are the challenges and opportunities for the multilateral system and for national governments? How can countries – including Norway - best protect their own policy space for health across sectors; and how can Norway be an important driving force in the global effort towards sustainable development?
To move forward with these questions is the overriding goal of the upcoming meeting.