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Platform for a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH)

A Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) could create a right to health governance framework. It would be a global health treaty based on the right to health and aimed and closing national and global health inequities. It would provide standards to ensure health care and underlying determinants of health, such as clean water and nutritious food, for all, along with an international and domestic financing framework to secure sufficient, sustained funds, while addressing the social determinants of health. It would establish a transformative understanding of the right to health to create the accountability now missing and adapt the right to our globalized world. It would establish pathways towards national and global health equity, with a special concern for marginalized populations, and further inclusive and democratic decision-making on health and related concerns, domestically and internationally. The FCGH would clearly define extraterritorial obligations, while ensuring that policies in other sectors are responsive to public health needs, including by elevating the status of health and demanding adherence to the right to health in other international legal regimes, such as trade and investment. The treaty would promote strong domestic accountability mechanisms and an effective compliance framework for the FCGH itself, including innovative incentives and sanctions.

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