Global Health Pledge

The right to the highest attainable standard of health is a universal right belonging to everyone, everywhere, and is fundamental to individual well-being. The right to health is critical for progress in the fields of education, food and nutrition security, water and sanitation and for achieving poverty reduction. It is also closely intertwined with the realisation of other human rights, including not only economic, social and cultural rights, but also civil and political rights. Significant barriers persist to realising the right to health and weak health systems, socioeconomic inequities, and discrimination against specific groups all hamper the realisation of the right to health for all.

Substantial EU investments in the area of health, along with an enabling policy framework, are crucial to sustainable development.
Ahead of the European Parliament elections in May 2014, Action for Global Health, and 47 non-governmental organisations, appealed to candidates to sign a global health pledge. The pledge was endorsed by 108 candidates, 36 of whom were elected to parliament.

The pledge underlined the importance of improving universal access to timely, affordable, accessible and quality health information, and services through EU policies during the next legislature.