30 September 2015

Public Health in the post-2015 Development Agenda: A new series of articles

25 September was a historic day at the United Nations, it was the day the Global Goals for Sustainable Development were adopted by the Member States of the United Nations.

UN Academic Impact is launching a new series of articles that take a closer look at what is being done, and what can be done by research institutions and schools of public health to advance Global Goal 3: "Good Health and Well-being."   

The first of five articles will be published later this week. In advance of this, here is an introduction to the series from UN Academic Impact Intern Zinnia Batliwalla:





Public Health in the post-2015 Development Agenda

Health is not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, but it is the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Ensuring a healthy population is integral for economic progress, poverty reduction, equity and sustainability.

It is evident that health is critical to sustainable development, and therefore must be a focus of the General Assembly now that they have adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs - and also known as "Global Goals") in September 2015. The SDGs have replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire on 31 December 2015. Since the adoption of the MDGs in 2000, extreme poverty has declined significantly, primary school net enrolment has increased and improvements have been made regarding maternal and child health. The Global Goals will build upon the momentum of the MDGs and seek to end poverty and inequality, and address climate change for a better world.

Given that health is crucial for sustainable human development, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) has requested four schools and departments of public health at UNAI member institutions to submit articles highlighting research and work relating to the SDGs to showcase the importance of public health in the post-2015 development agenda.

Each week, an article from public health researchers across the world will be posted on the UN Academic Impact website following the adoption by United Nations General Assembly of the Global Goals this September.