Turning the Right to Health into Reality

Alliance is bornThe Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) Alliance: Turning the Right to Health into the Lived Reality for Everyone

December 10, 2017
Today, Human Rights Day, witnessed the birth of a new organization committed to using the law to turn the right to health into the lived reality for all people, everywhere: The Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) Alliance.

The FCGH Alliance formalizes and creates new potential for an existing network of organizations and individuals already advocating for the FCGH and holds the promise of engaging many more in the pursuit of the FCGH.

The FCGH Alliance, a Geneva-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) that will operate as a global network, aims to secure the FCGH, a proposed global treaty based on human rights and aimed at national and global health equality that would respond to some of the most pressing problems of national and global health governance by increasing accountability, equity, participation, financing, and health in all policies at community, national, and global levels.

Momentum behind the treaty has been growing, from last year’s call to action from then-UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who “encourage[d] the international community to consider and recognize the value of a comprehensive framework convention on global health” to national and global health leaders from around the world coalescing behind the proposed treaty. FCGH supporters recognized it was time to elevate the FCGH from a loose coalition to a legally constituted international NGO.

Over the past few years, more and more global health luminaries and leading NGOs have called for an FCGH, for using the strongest instrument of international law to advance the quest for health equity, for health for all, and to empower even — and especially — the most marginalized communities in their own struggles for the right to health. The FCGH Alliance can help achieve this goal, while ensuring that the treaty is, above all, one that speaks to the needs of and meets the expectations of civil society and community-based organizations, and populations who suffer most from health inequities. Indeed, a chief aim of the FCGH Alliance is to ensure inclusive participation in the process of developing the FCGH. Not only will this be the only way to achieve the treaty, but such inclusive health decision-making is also a fundamental requirement of the right to health itself.

The FCGH Alliance membership includes more than 30 organizations and individuals from Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, and Europe. Its inaugural Executive Committee Chair will be Martin Hevia (Dean of the Torcuato Di Tella University Law School, Argentina). The FCGH Alliance will have 4 Vice Chairs — Leslie Ramsammy (former Minister of Health, Guayana), Gracia Violeta Ross (Bolivian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS), the Treatment Action Campaign (South Africa), and Eze Eluchie (People Against Drug Dependence and Ignorance, Nigeria) — while Adam Bertscher will serve as Secretary, and Gabriella Sozanski (Coordinator of the Alliance for Health Promotion) as Treasurer. In addition, an Advisory Committee of leading NGOs and global health experts will support the Alliance by providing expert advice and collaboration.

For more information and discussion about the FCGH, please see:

The FCGH: A Human Rights Global Treaty Aimed at National and Global Health Equality
Questions and Answers about the FCGH
Leading NGOs and Individuals call for an FCGH
Global Health Luminaries Call for an FCGH
Global Health Governance Special Issue on the FCGH
Harvard Journal of Health and Human Rights special issue on the FCGH

For more information, please contact:
Martín Hevia (Chair)
Adam Bertscher (Secretary)