Global Health and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development consists of 17 goals, which bring together traditional development aims such as poverty reduction and fighting communicable diseases, with emerging challenges such as the threat from climate change, a growing burden of chronic diseases such as ischemic heart disease and mental illness, and rising inequalities. Health is specially mentioned in goal three: ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. It emphasizes that even though great advancements have been made in health, we must intensify our efforts, especially in regions of the world with the highest burden of disease. This is closely related to the aim of global health research.

Global health is an emerging, interdisciplinary field, which integrates methodology from different fields such as public health, epidemiology, medicine, health economics and behavioural science. It strives to improve health and achieve health equity in health for all people worldwide, most often with a specific focus on vulnerable populations such as women and children. To succeed with this high-set ambition, global health includes a range of different topics, for example communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, mental health, underlying determinants of health, and health systems. It emphases collaboration, both between countries and between different research areas.

To succeed in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, all countries must act within their own countries and abroad. Recognising that we all can contribute and improve the health of the world, the Global Health Research Conference welcomes everyone with an interest in global health, ranging from students, active researchers and researchers interested in starting global health research, as well as policy makers and government representatives. Together we will explore how Sweden can further contribute to the fulfilment of the Agenda.

Want to know more about the health of the world? Check out Hans and Ola Roslings' TedTalk on how not to be ignorant about the world:

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