Norway Links Foreign policy to Global Health

– Good health contributes to growth and development. Lack of health can threaten a country's security and stability. If we fail to achieve the MDGs for health, this is a threat to international peace and security, “said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store.

The foreign ministers of the “foreign policy and global health initiative,” met in New York 22 September in conjunction with the UN General Assembly. The initiative, which was initiated by the Foreign Ministers in 2006, includes Brazil, France, Indonesia, Senegal, South Africa, Thailand and Norway.

The seven foreign ministers have succeeded to put the links between foreign policy and global health on the international agenda. In order to achieve better health for all, their struggle reflects a different activism than in traditional health forums.

– Health perspective must be in foreign policy forums in which trade, human rights, humanitarian assistance, conflict resolution and peace building are discussed. Syvlandsgruppen represent different regions and interests and is therefore a good instrument to promote global health on a broad front, “said Store.

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