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Health in the SDGs: Intersectoral Action for Health

Edited by Sameera Hussain, Dena Javadi, Jean Andrey, Ronald Labonté and Abdul Ghaffar
Globalization and Health

Health in the SDGs © Courtesy of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems ResearchThis article collection showcases multisectoral approaches to achieving the health and well-being related goals in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda consists of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that Member States aim to achieve by 2030. Goal 3 focuses explicitly on health, however, almost all other goals are related to or contribute to health and well-being.

This article collection is focused on policies and programmes outside the health sector – often in collaboration with the health sector – that have health implications through commercial, cultural, economic, environmental, political, or social determinants of health. Here, we gather critical lessons on effectively engaging other sectors to enhance their health outputs, identifying co-benefits and ‘win-wins’ that enhance human health.

With the exception of Brolan et al and Wright et al, all articles in this collection are funded by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, World Health Organization. The Alliance is able to conduct its work thanks to the commitment and support from a variety of funders. These include long-term core contributors from national governments and international institutions, as well as designated funding for specific projects within our current priorities. For the full list of Alliance donors, please visit: This work was undertaken as part of a CIHR Health System Impact Fellowship.© Alliance for Health Policy and Systems ResearchCIHR IRSC

  1. The prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are one of the main challenges of healthcare systems around the world. In addition to the technical level, it requires political negotiations and s...

    Authors: Mahnaz Afshari, Ahmad Ahmadi Teymourlouy, Mohsen Asadi-Lari and Mohammadreza Maleki
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:41
  2. In 2015, the United Nations’ (UN) Member States adopted a bold and holistic agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), integrating a vision of peace and prosperity for people and planet. Extensive wor...

    Authors: Sameera Hussain, Dena Javadi, Jean Andrey, Abdul Ghaffar and Ronald Labonté
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:15
  3. Given the paradigmatic shift represented by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as compared to the Millennium Development Goals - in particular their broad and interconnected nature - a new set of health ...

    Authors: Sara Bennett, Nasreen Jessani, Douglas Glandon, Mary Qiu, Kerry Scott, Ankita Meghani, Fadi El-Jardali, Daniel Maceira, Dena Javadi and Abdul Ghaffar
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:5
  4. Cities are an important driving force to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda. The SDGs provide an operational framework to consider urbanization globally, while providin...

    Authors: Oriana Ramirez-Rubio, Carolyn Daher, Gonzalo Fanjul, Mireia Gascon, Natalie Mueller, Leire Pajín, Antoni Plasencia, David Rojas-Rueda, Meelan Thondoo and Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:87
  5. Addressing the social and other non-biological determinants of health largely depends on policies and programmes implemented outside the health sector. While there is growing evidence on the effectiveness of i...

    Authors: Finn McGuire, Lavanya Vijayasingham, Anna Vassall, Roy Small, Douglas Webb, Teresa Guthrie and Michelle Remme
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:86
  6. Localisation is a pervasive challenge in achieving sustainable development. Contextual particularities may render generalized strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) unfeasible, impracti...

    Authors: David T. Tan, José Gabriel Siri, Yi Gong, Benjamin Ong, Shiang Cheng Lim, Brian H. MacGillivray and Terry Marsden
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:85
  7. A recurring discussion in the literature relates to the possible contradictions among the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The focus has been on economic goals, such as economic growth and goals related t...

    Authors: Peter Hangoma and Gavin Surgey
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:82
  8. The increase in problematic substance use is a major problem in Canada and elsewhere, placing a heavy burden on health and justice system resources given a spike in drug-related offences. Thus, achievement of ...

    Authors: Regiane A. Garcia, Kristi Heather Kenyon, Claire E. Brolan, Juliana Coughlin and Daniel D. Guedes
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:80
  9. Sustainable management of the natural environment is essential. Continued environmental degradation will lead to worsened health outcomes in countries and across generations. The Sustainable Development Goals ...

    Authors: Toni Delany-Crowe, Dora Marinova, Matt Fisher, Michael McGreevy and Fran Baum
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:68
  10. Countries must be able to describe and monitor their populations health and well-being needs in an attempt to understand and address them. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have re-emphasized the need t...

    Authors: Alba Llop-Gironés, Lucinda Cash-Gibson, Sergio Chicumbe, Francesc Alvarez, Ivan Zahinos, Elisio Mazive and Joan Benach
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:67
  11. The circular economy framework for human production and consumption is an alternative to the traditional, linear concept of ‘take, make, and dispose’. Circular economy (CE) principles comprise of ‘design out w...

    Authors: Caradee Y. Wright, Linda Godfrey, Giovanna Armiento, Lorren K. Haywood, Roula Inglesi-Lotz, Katrina Lyne and Patricia Nayna Schwerdtle
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:65
  12. The WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region is endowed with deep intellectual tradition, interesting cultural diversity, and a strong societal fabric; components of a vibrant platform for promoting health and wellbei...

    Authors: Ahmed Al-Mandhari, Maha El-Adawy, Wasiq Khan and Abdul Ghaffar
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:64
  13. The interconnections between health and the economy are well known and well documented. The funding gap for realizing SDG3 for good health and well-being, however, remains vast. Simultaneously, economic growth...

    Authors: Mariska Meurs, Lisa Seidelmann and Myria Koutsoumpa
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:83
  14. In 2018, the Australian Government, through a Senate-led Parliamentary Inquiry, sought the views of diverse stakeholders on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation both domestically and as part of Au...

    Authors: Claire E. Brolan, Christopher A. McEwan and Peter S. Hill
    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:66