The idea to set up UNU-IIGH was first mooted by UNU and WHO in 2000 to address issues of global health and public health delivery systems. A feasibility study carried out by a team of international experts found Malaysia highly favorable as the host for UNU-IIGH, based on Malaysia’s significant development during the prior three decades.
Being one of the 14 research and training centres that comprise the UNU system as well as a UN think tank, the mission of UNU-IIGH is to build knowledge and capacity for decision-making by UN agencies, programmes, and Member States about global health issues. The aim is to contribute to the development and strengthening of health services policy frameworks and management actions, particularly for people in developing countries, and to support implementation of promotive and preventive approaches to human health. UNU-IIGH’s research and capacity building in global health relates specifically to informing the policy debates and directions that ensure that in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “no one is left behind”.
The vision for UNU-IIGH is to be a leading and innovative centre for research and capacity building in global health.
UNU-IIGH’s objectives are:
- to undertake and strengthen research in global health, with a particular focus on approaches to health in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
- to build and enhance capacity for solutions to key global health issues, especially in developing countries; and
- to promote networking among global health institutions between countries.
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