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Towards the Right to Health

May 25, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT



This side event will introduce participants to two strategies towards health equity. First is the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), a proposed global treaty based on human rights and aimed at achieving and enshrining the concept of health equity to institutionalize the right to health throughout national and global governance. And second, civil society platforms can enable countries to better implement universal health coverage (UHC) as a key approach to the right to health. We will present analysis and experiences that speak to these concepts at both a national level – including case studies – and at the individual level, highlighting the health inequities that the FCGH and UHC-related civil society platforms will help overcome, as well as the synergies between the two. We will share how in each of people’s different realities, more effective UHC advocacy and the FCGH could be transformative.

A substantial portion of the session will be set aside for feedback and discussion. We hope that this event is part of an extended dialogue towards advancing the right to health, on ensuring empowered civil society platforms for UHC, and on generating support for and understanding of – and beginning a formal process towards – the FCGH.

Speakers Include

Bruno Rivalan, Global Health Advocates/ Action Santé Mondiale
Oladapo Awosokanre, African Development and Advocacy Centre
Case Gordon, IMAXI Cooperative
Lusiana Aprilawati, IMAXI Cooperative
Eric Friedman, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University
Christine Sow, Global Health Council


May 25, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm UTC-4