In September 2015, countries at the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), a set of targets for 2030 to mobilise action on three interwoven dimensions of our existence—people, planet, and prosperity. The problems facing humanity and the planet are now acknowledged as being too large to be tackled by specific sectors—such as health, education, or trade—alone. In this series we explore some of the issues around cross sectoral working, and suggest ways in which that could be achieved though knowledge sharing, capacity building, and innovation.
This series is commissioned by The BMJ based on an idea by the International Development Research Centre, Canada. The BMJ retained full editorial control over the selection of authors, external peer review, editing, and publication.
Global health experts answer the question, what will it take to achieve the SDGs related to health?
Academic institutions are uniquely placed to assist with cross cutting approaches to achieve the health related SDGs, say health policy experts.
Health policy is an important entry point to achieving the multi-sectoral, interdisciplinary nature of the SDGs, writes an expert from Canada’s International Development Research Centre.
Health economic experts argue for greater consideration of trade agreements in actions to meet the SDGs.
Walter Flores and Jeannie Samuel argue that grassroots organisations are essential to ensure improvements in the health of marginalised populations.