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Health: A Political Choice – Act Now, Together

Edited by John Kirton and Ilona Kickbusch
Published by GT Media, 2020

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United Nations at 75

The full picture
Amina J. Mohammed, deputy secretary general of the United Nations
Health: a human right
Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
Development at large
Achim Steiner, UNDP administrator
Lessons we're (re-)learning from COVID-19
Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Right
A New World
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organization

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Editors' introductions

Health politics: forever changed
Ilona Kickbusch, co-chair of UHC2030 and founding director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Stronger health governance
John Kirton, director of the Global Governance Program

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Leaders' introductions

Investment in development: our best defence
Cyril Ramaphosa, President, South Africa
From pandemic to recovery
Ursula von der Leyen, President, European Commission
Trust-based societies
Sanna Marin, Prime Minister, Finland
A lifeline from the UAE
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President, United Arab Emirates
Tomorrow's world
Bandar M.H. Hajjar, President, Islamic Development Bank Group
Peace: the fundamental determinant of health
Ahmed Al-Mandhari, Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, WHO
From response to resilience
Tawfig Al Rabiah, Minister of Health, Saudi Arabia
Well-being in the face of a global threat
Daniel Ngamije, Minister of Health, Rwanda
Advancing public health
Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Supervisor General, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre
A vision for public health
Rym Abdulla Al Falasy, Secretary-General, Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood
Leaders speak out
Leaders' views, taken from various recent speeches, which reflect how they plan to act to improve the factors that contribute to a healthy society

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Inclusive economics

Forwards together
Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation
The great reset
Klaus Schwab, Founder, World Economic Forum
Fault lines exposed
Guy Ryder, Director General, International Labour Organization
The new social contract
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
Health in all policies
Mariam Al-Aqeel, Minister of Social Affairs and State Minister for Economic Affairs, Kuwait

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The fundamentals of life

Nature: the basis of all human health
Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations, and Executive Director, Environment Programme
The symbiosis of biodiversity and health
Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
The animal determinants of human health
Monique Eloit, Director General, World Organisation for Animal Health
The Caribbean experience
Joy St John, Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency
A recipe for healthy diets in Africa
Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli, Founder, LEAP Africa
The view from Sri Lanka
Kusum Athukorala, Steering Committee Member, Women for Water Partnership

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Equitable Investments

Making universal health coverage a reality
Henrietta H Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF
No one is safe until we are all safe
António Vitorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration
Looking back to move forwards
Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, UNAIDS
When health rests on rights
Christina Henriksen, President, Saami Council
How to make progress in a pandemic
Nikolaj Gilbert, President and CEO, PATH
The disability divide
Ana Lucía Arellano Barba, Chair, International Disability Alliance
The immense impact of COVID-19
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations, and Executive Director, UN Women
Endemic threats to equality
Helen Clark, Board Chair, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
When men choose
Roopa Dhatt, Executive Director, Women in Global Health

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Health in the digital age

Society redesigned
Anne Aerts, Head, Novartis Foundation
Re-energising the human rights agenda
Stefan Germann, CEO, Fondation Botnar
The foundations of health
Sheila Dinotshe Tlou, Co-Chair, Global HIV Prevention Coalition, and former minister of health, Botswana
Better politics for better health
Elhadj As Sy, Chair, Kofi Annan Foundation

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Outlook on global health

Commitment in all spheres
Charles Ibingira, Detlev Ganten and Julian Kickbusch, World Health Summit
The example of children
Michael Marmot, Director, Institute of Health Equity, University College London

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