Director-General Margaret Chan recently called the WHO overextended and unable to respond with speed and agility to today’s global health challenges. Given the importance of global health cooperation, few would dispute that a stronger, more effective WHO would benefit all. Prof Larry Gostin (Georgetown/Johns Hopkins) and I have written a commentary for JAMA in which [...]
Last October I blogged about the United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and just recently Peter Piot, J. Stephen Morrison and I wrote the paper ‘Getting the Politics Right for the September 2011 UN NCD Meeting’.
In this month’s Health Policy & Planning, Eduardo Gomez and my paper on health financing in Brazil, Russia and India is published. Given that Amanda Glassman at the Center for Global Development and others have pointed out that this is the year where attention will be put on donor aid flows and domestic financing, I [...]
Earlier this year I blogged about the new UN Agency for Women which was set up to improve the status of women across the world. This is part of a general movement to putting girls first in development. It’s definitely progress to see a new global structure and high-level discussion on the position of women, [...]
In September 2011, the UN will host the first Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases. While many are celebrating that NCDs have finally been recognized as a global problem, others have concerns that there is not enough time to get all the necessary pieces in place for a successful outcome.
At least once a week I almost get hit on my bike, usually in unique and creative ways- a tourist crossing the street looking the wrong way, the crazy Oxford bus drivers (no further details needed), passengers opening the car door into the bike lane without looking, another bike overtaking me. Today was no exception [...]
On June 2, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution establishing a new UN Agency for Women. As the Lancet reported last week, experts have welcomed this move with enthusiasm. But are there lessons to learn from history about starting a new UN body focused on advocacy and coordination within the UN?