The European Commission has unveiled four approaches to enhance the European Union’s global health role. The proposal is in preparation for the September summit on the Millennium Development Goals, “where the EU should speak with a single and credible voice,” according to the commission.
The approaches involve enhancing global governance on health, working for progress toward universal health coverage, ensuring better coherence of EU’s global health policies, and broadening global health knowledge.
“Health is a right for all, in Europe and beyond. But it is a right that too many people still cannot enjoy today,” said European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy John Dalli and European Commissioner for Research Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn in a joint statement. “The Millennium Development Goals related to health, on child mortality, maternal mortality and HIV/AIDS are among those most off track. We cannot accept this.”