World Leaders Should Include Global Health Security In SDGs
The Lancet: We need a sustainable development goal 18 on global health security
Ilona Kickbusch of the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva and colleagues
“…The increasing recognition of global health security needs to be integrated into the post-2015 development agenda and SDGs. We propose to add global health security as SDG18. This new SDG could be formulated as, ‘Take appropriate action to reduce the vulnerability of people around the world to new, acute, or rapidly spreading risks to health, particularly those threatening to cross international borders.’ … There is still time for negotiators to define SDG18 more precisely and to bring stakeholders on board — during SDGs negotiations at the U.N., at the 2015 World Health Assembly, at the G7 meetings, and upcoming meetings of the BRICS, the African Union, and other regional bodies…” (3/21).