For many people, at least 1.7 billion people in Asia and the Pacific, opportunities from the MDGs have not yet materialized.
Immediate action is needed on climate change and we must overcome skepticism.
What will the future for Asia and the Pacific look like - the region with the fastest economic growth and, at the same time, with the poorest people and the largest inequalities in the world – after 2015 and the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals?
The transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals will require partnerships and a new view on development.
Let’s start today to prevent and build resilience against health threats in the region.
Asian governments need to increase their support for social protection programs if they hope to reap broader economic and social benefits.
The Alma-Ata declaration is about how to make healthcare sustainable not only in limited resources setting. The emphasis is on the need for strong primary health care, which includes health promotion.
The discussions around the post-2015 development agenda – and the work of the High Level Panel of Eminent (HLPEP) persons – were seen controversially in the last months. Some felt that the consultation led by the HLPEP would lead into a kitchen sink report, which would cover every possible development concern.
The issue of universal health coverage (UHC) is a hot topic these days. The WHO director general Margaret Chan calls it: “the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer”.
Many of the Filipinos, I have gotten to know over the last 8 years, say that their love lives are strongly influenced by their passionate, emotional culture and Catholic up-bringing.