The right to health in the post-2015 development paradigm


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A discussion note of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Anand Grover.

This discussion note discusses how anchoring developmental priorities in human rights can go a long way in addressing the lapses of the previous framework of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly in identifying progress indicators, whatever the framework to be adopted.

It outlines three priority areas, as identified by 17 UN Special Rapporteurs, predicated on a human rights approach to development to inform the agenda, each of which is particularly relevant for the fulfillment of the right to health. These are:

  • reducing inequalities
  • national social protection floors
  • double accountability
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