Can we achieve the SDG health targets without the rule of law? Advancing the Right to Health: The Vital Role of the Law
16.01.2017 / Maison de la Paix, the Graduate Institute, Geneva
Graduate Institute of International and Developoment Studies Effective laws and an enabling legal environment are as essential to a healthy society as clean water. Every public health challenge - from infectious and non-communicable diseases to injuries, from mental illness to universal health coverage - has a legal component. Despite this, in many countries, legislation, policies and practices are antiquated, contrary to human rights obligations, and hostile to public health goals - threatening the achievements of SDG health targets in those countries and regions. Why is the law's role in protecting and promoting health still neglected in many countries, and what opportunities are there for the future? At this event, the World Health Organization will publish a ground-breaking report: Advancing the Right to Health: The Vital Role of the Law. Join us for a lively discussion.