Addressing Global Health Governance Challenges through a New Mechanism: The Proposal for a Committee C of the World Health Assembly
Article first published online: 29 SEP 2010
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The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Volume 38, Issue 3, pages 550–563, Fall 2010
How to Cite
Kickbusch, I., Hein, W. and Silberschmidt, G. (2010), Addressing Global Health Governance Challenges through a New Mechanism: The Proposal for a Committee C of the World Health Assembly. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 38: 550–563. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720X.2010.00511.x
- Issue published online: 29 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 29 SEP 2010
The field of global health has reached a critical juncture, where both its visibility and the complexity of its challenges are unprecedented. The World Health Organization, as the only global health actor possessing both democratic and formal legal legitimacy, is best positioned to capitalize on this new, precarious situation in public health and respond with the governance innovation that is needed to bring the increasingly chaotic network of activities and entities affecting health outcomes under the fold of a centralized, standard-setting agency. One such proposed innovation to guide normative and strategic coordination in global health is the creation of a Committee C of the World Health Assembly that would promote consensus building and multi-stakeholder decision-making within the unique convening power of the World Health Organization.