Unni Gopinatha et al. argue in The Lancet on the usefulness of the Youth Commission to “accentuate” the work of the The Lancet—University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health, in collaboration with the Harvard Global Health Institute. We do agree with the idea in principle but I find this comment reads like a press release. It doesn’t bring much information to the interested readers that we are.
Apparently, the authors are part of that Youth Commission but omit to mention it. More importantly, in my view they fall short on explaining how this youth commission has been composed and how it makes sure views from across the globe will be represented:
“The 16 young academics and professionals represent a wide variety of disciplines and regions.”
In a blog post published early February this year Unni proposes a wide consultation process to set up this Youth commission but this letter doesn’t mention anything about this process. They do mention the People’s Health Movement Student Coalition. That’s a good start though. Maybe interested Emerging Voices 4 Global Health could get in touch with Unni to support the commission ?