Message from the Forum

One of the main issues in realising health for all is the global governance structure for health. The WHO is currently undergoing a complex structural reform process. This is of great interest to the Forum and our inputs have been channelled through the Democratizing Global Health coalition ( The DGH is particularly active around WHO relations with non-state actors. Together we stress the need for transparency in identifying commercial interest actors and establishing the limits of their role.

There are of course other major players in health, including the World Bank and the Gates Foundation, plus the huge industrial health sector and the many companies that influence health through the sale of food and beverages. Other parts of the UN must be added to the list, for example the FAO, UNFPA and UNICEF. There are important related instruments and initiatives, in particular the Social Protection Floor Initiative and ILO Recommendation 202 on Social Protection. Read More….

Alan Leather

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