Created in 2006 at the initiative of France and Norway, the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative is an informal consultation framework that brings together seven countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas (South Africa, Senegal, France, Norway, Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil) in order to promote global health topics at the United Nations General Assembly every year. The countries in the group share a commitment to place greater focus on global health issues in foreign policy. Ten priority topics have been identified, including efforts to prepare for and combat epidemics; the key role of healthcare workers; the impact of the environment and climate change on health; the fight against HIV/Aids; and universal access to quality healthcare.
It has a presidency that rotates every year: after France, which in 2019 brought a resolution on an inclusive approach to strengthening health systems before the United Nations General Assembly, the Indonesian presidency in 2020, in the context of the fight against COVID-19, brought a resolution on “Global health and foreign policy: strengthening health system resilience through affordable healthcare for all”.
For more information, please visit: https://onu-geneve.delegfrance.org/Adoption-du-communique-Diplomatie-et-Sante (in French)