A new report from the European Public Health Alliance outlines the rationale for, and primary considerations of, a formal link between the health target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the health-related commitments contained within the proposed text of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR). It does so in light of the two pressing policy agendas which face the European Union (EU) in the second half of 2016 – the commitment to a ‘fairer and deeper’ economic and monetary union (EMU) and the need to implement the United Nations’ (UN) SDGs.
The report highlights the potential role of the EPSR in helping member states achieve their SDG targets on the provision of universal health coverage (UHC) and the reduction of premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and the relevance of these targets for the EU’s existing goals under the Europe 2020 Strategy and the strengthened macroeconomic governance framework.
It also argues that since both the SDGs and the macroeconomic governance framework require action on UHC and the reduction of NCDs, the EPSR is the most appropriate tool for ensuring effective and coherent implementation.
After reviewing the policy context and health-related objectives of the EPSR and the SDGs, the Report goes on to explore the role of UHC and action to tackle NCDs in reducing health inequalities, improving health outcomes and strengthening health system sustainability. It concludes with a series of policy recommendations.
Download the Report here