(Satellite session linked to the 8th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health, Monday 9 September, Copenhagen)


Luc Van Leemput & Gorik Ooms (on behalf of the Go4Health consortium)


Go4Health[1], a collaboration of academics and civil society tasked with offering scientific evidence to the European Commission on the next set of global health goals, will organize a satellite session at the 8th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health in Copenhagen, to present and discuss a new health goal for humanity and a supportive global social contract.


Go4Health stands for goals for global health and for governance for global health. Goals and governance are the essential elements of a social contract. The Millennium Declaration can be understood as an emerging global social contract. Its preamble sets forth a bold vision for a common humanity, advancing global responsibilities without diminishing national responsibilities: “We [heads of States and Government] recognize that, in addition to our separate responsibilities to our individual societies, we have a collective responsibility to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity at the global level.” This requires a contract between governments, and between citizens of the world. The key aim of the Go4Health project is to advance and improve upon the concept of a global social contract as articulated in the Millennium Declaration, proposing goals and a governance structure centered on a framework of shared but differentiated responsibilities.


The Go4Health consortium has identified key elements for post-MDG  health  goal(s) and targets and a supportive global social contract, based on evidence from four different research streams, including community consultations of marginalized communities in 8 countries on their health needs. Taking into account the gaps and tensions identified, we have formulated a first proposal of a new health goal for humanity and the elements of a supportive global social contract. We propose the right to health as the overarching health goal, with targets on health care and a healthy environment.


The consortium looks forward to presenting and discussing this proposal during its satellite session, which will take place on Monday 9 September 2013, 5-7 pm in Tivoli Hotel, and will be followed by a reception. The event will also be live-streamed, details of which will follow early September. We hope to see many of you there.




  • Introduction by Rafael Vilasanjuan Sanpere, Director ISGLobal, moderator of the session
  • Presentations by Go4Health:
    • Albrecht Jahn, University of Heidelberg
    • Walter Flores, CEGGS
    • Lisa Forman, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
    • Devi Sridhar, University of Edinburgh
    • Gorik Ooms, Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp
  • Respondents:
    • Joe Thomas, Partners in Population and Development
    • Mayowa Joel, Southern IHP+ civil society representative
    • Marleen Temmerman, WHO
  • Discussion
  • Reception (7-9 pm): Foyer Tivoli Hotel and Congress Centre, ground floor.

[1] Go4Health is a research project funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program, grant HEALTH-F1-2012-305240; the Australian Government’s NH&MRC-European Union Collaborative Research Grants, grant 1055138; and Canadian CIHR. More information on www.go4health.eu


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